To the Great Variety of Readers: Publishing Shakespeare

An exhibition featuring the Second, Third and Fourth Folios of Shakespeare's works.

Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb, Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare (London: Bickers and Son, 1899)

In 1623, 36 of William Shakespeare's plays were published in a single, large volume, or folio. This work, now known as the First Folio, has come to signify Shakespeare's unparalleled impact on English language, literature, and culture.

However, the book itself gives little insight into how and why it was produced. Through an exploration of the industry and market that created the First Folio, as well as its natural successors, the Second, Third, and Fourth Folios, this exhibit places the work in context and enriches our understanding of Shakespeare as both author and symbol.

This rare opportunity to view all but the earliest version of the Folio is made possible by the loan of the Second and Third Folios from Rose Library benefactor Stuart A. Rose.

Find out how to visit the exhibition and attend related public programming organized by Shakespeare at Emory.

Visitor Information

The exhibit is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 10 in the Rose Library. Parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck (Weekdays: free after 5pm, Weekends: free). "Visitors" hours at the Robert W. Woodruff Library are posted here.

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