Photo by Folger Shakespeare Library
William Shakespeare, known as the “Bard of Avon,” was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He has been regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and his plays such as “Romeo & Juliet,” “Hamlet,” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” have become some of the most performed works in the English language. Had it not been for two of William’s friends, John Heminges and Henry Condell (who published a posthumous collection of his works), the world might have never known this brilliantly gifted writer.
Early 1900’s Industrialist Henry Clay Folger, a noted collector of Shakespeare’s works, created a library displaying these magnificent works and chose the nation’s capital, believing that William Shakespeare was one of the best sources from which Americans could draw their national thought, faith, and hope. So, in 1932, Henry and his wife, Emily Jordan Folger, established the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. as a gift to the American public. Together, they built the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s works and as this year marks William Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, their library has graciously produced a nationally touring exhibit that will satisfy even the heartiest of Shakespeare appetites!
Elizabethtown College and High Library are extremely pleased to present “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare” on tour now and exhibited in the High Library now December 4th. The exhibit features an original copy of Shakespeare’s first folio which features 36 plays, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” and “As You Like.” The college is also offering educational programs, including family workshops, theatrical performances, and even a musical recital. Believe me, when we tell you, this is an exhibit not to be missed.
For more information and exhibit times, go to www.etown.edu/library/firstfolio/.
To go or not to go. That is the question. I advise you to go!