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Shakespeare died 401 years ago, but original scripts from his era live on in a new digital archive 

“One was a roguish figure and possible spy, stabbed to death after a mysterious arrest. Another wrote works of biting and often cynical satire. A third wrote only a few plays before dying in his early 30s, but not after penning some of the finest, and still startling, works of Elizabethan erotica.Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton and Thomas Nashe — despite the best efforts of high school and college English teachers — remain also-rans compared with William Shakespeare, whose fame keeps growing. In an age when the humanities have trouble generating excitement, the Bard continues to inspire movies, popular books, exhibits, avant-garde groups remaking his plays, and audiences who queue up for his work all over the world.” (via LA Times)

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EARLY EDITIONS OF SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS GET RARE PUBLIC VIEW

“The public is getting a rare peek at first and early editions of some of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.The Boston Public Library is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death with “Shakespeare Unauthorized,” a free exhibition that opens on Friday.The library holds a copy of the so-called “First Folio,” the earliest published collection of Shakespeare’s works.” (via Associated Press)

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William Shakespeare’s paper trail

“Days after arriving in London in 1603, King James I issues a warrant naming Shakespeare’s acting troupe The King’s Men. A law student summarizes his favorite plot device from “Twelfth Night” in a diary entry from 1602. A vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon describes Shakespeare as “a natural wit without any art at all,” and an early critic calls him an “upstart crow.” The Folger Shakespeare Library uses these and a host of other rare documents — many never before shown in the United States — to create a surprisingly intimate portrait of the world’s most famous author.” (via The Washington Post)

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Shakespeare Documented: Largest Online Shakespeare Resource Launches

“Shakespeare Documented, the largest and most authoritative resource for learning about primary sources that document the life and career of William Shakespeare, launches today, January 20, at www.shakespearedocumented.org. This free and publicly accessible online exhibition includes images, descriptions, and transcriptions of all known references and allusions to Shakespeare and his works during his lifetime and shortly thereafter, as well as additional references to his family.” (via PR Newswire)

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RARE SHAKESPEARE FOLIO DISCOVERED IN FRENCH TOWN

“An accidental discovery in a northern French library of an original first folio of Shakespeare’s plays – one of the rarest books in the world – has sent a jolt of excitement around the world of Shakespeare scholars.The 900-page tome was authenticated by a respected U.S.-based scholar over the weekend.The find brings the total of known first folios in the world to 233. It is significant as each first folio is a unique copy that can contain variations that can shed new light on the Shakespeare’s intentions.” (via Associated Press)

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