NPR's Paul Collins Discusses Shakespeare's First Folio: The Book of William at the Folger
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This was a great event. Mr. Collins read from his book while discussing how it came about and some of his adventures while writing it. He was very entertaining and really knew his stuff. Getting the opportunity to have him sign a copy of the book afterward and have a quick chat with him was an extra bonus. The setting of the stage at the Folger could not be beat. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for other such events in their lecture series.
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- "(A) lively and entertaining history of one of the most important books in English literature." --<em>New York Times Book Review</em>
NPR Weekend Edition resident literary detective Paul Collins reads from and discusses his new book, The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World. His book tells the story of Shakespeare's First Folio—the first collected publication of 36 of Shakespeare's plays—focusing on five copies and tracking them across centuries to their present-day homes in Asia, Europe, and one very familiar location, the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Collins is the author of Sixpence House, The Trouble with Tom, Not Even Wrong, and Banvard’s Folly. He is an assistant professor of English at Portland State University.
About the Ticket Supplier: Folger TheatreHome to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts.
The Folger's Elizabethan Theatre, modeled after the innyard theatres popular in Shakespeare's day, hosts more than 40,000 audience members each year. It presents a full calendar of performances and programs, from the Helen Hayes Award-winning Folger Theatre productions and Folger Poetry readings to early music concerts by the Folger Consort and family activitie.
The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world's largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.