Plants Are Set Before Us: Shakespeare's Natural Worlds

Poppy, Papaver rhoeas, photograph by Paige Knight

Emory’s Herbarium and Dr. Harry Rusche’s collection of Shakespearean-themed postcards help us illustrate the plants mentioned in the First Folio.  The Herbarium was established in 1949 to document and monitor plants used in research, medicine, and other significant endeavors.  These collections help reflect the primacy of nature in Shakespearean drama, where characters consistently encounter flowers, vegetables, potions, and poisons that influence their fates. 

This exhibit is part of Emory University’s “Year of Shakespeare.”  A highlight of the year will be Emory’s hosting of  First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, at the Carlos Museum from November 5  through December 11.

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Visitor Information

The exhibit is located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on level 2.  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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