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Library display commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

Show Dates and Location

Exhibit Dates: April 17 - May 31, 2016

Exhibit Location: CSUEB University Library, Hayward Campus, Upper-Mall

Exhibit Promotional Statement

400 Years Since Shakespeare's Death

University Libraries Showcase Original Shakespeare Folios

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the CSUEB University Libraries are displaying two rare original copies of Shakespeare plays taken from the folio editions of his work issued shortly after his death. On display on the Upper Mall of the Hayward campus Library are a copy of Twelfth Night, Or What You Will, taken from the second folio of 1632 and a copy of Measure For Measure taken from the fourth folio of 1685.

From April 17, through May 31, 2016, you can view Shakespeare folios from the Special Collections of the CSUEB Libraries, in their display case in the Upper Mall elevator lobby.

Wall Posters for This Exhibit

More About the Shakespeare Folios

The first 1623 folio edition of Shakespeare’s work was compiled just seven years after his death by John Heminge and Henry Condell, Shakespeare’s friends and colleagues in his acting company the King's Men, in an effort to present definitive version of Shakespeare’s plays. Previously, the large folio format had been reserved only for prestigious or important volumes. Stage plays had not been considered as serious literature and had only been published in smaller, single-play editions. Of the 36 plays compiled in the first edition, 18 had never been published before in any form and others had been issued in smaller, sometimes pirated editions that varied drastically in their text. In the preface to the folio edition, Heminge and Condell state that Shakespeare’s writings  "are now offer'd to your view cured, and perfect of their limbes; and all the rest, absolute in their numbers as he conceived them." The first folio edition sold so well that it was followed by three more editions, each making changes and corrections to the text. These four folio editions would represent the first folio ever consisting only of an author’s plays and would serve as the basis for most future publications of Shakespeare’s work.

- JM

Librarian Liaison

Diana Wakimoto's picture
Diana Wakimoto
Fall Semester 2018
Feel free to email to schedule an appointment!

Note: I will be on leave starting approximately around Oct. 17th; after this time, please contact Jeffra Bussmann if you have biology research questions

Office: LI 2128
(Lower Mall of Library, walk in, turn right, & you will literally run into my office door)
Subjects:Biology, History

Exhibit Backstory

As has been the case with so many of our past opportunities to display our holdings in the CSUEB Libraries' Special Collections, Shakespeare's 400th anniversary was suggested by Associate Provost Linda Dobb.

Linda is well aware of the richness of the Libraries' holdings in Special Collections, having served as University Librarian herself for several years. We are grateful to her, and are pleased to have this chance to share some of that richness with you!

- DA


Producer: Jared Mariconi
Text, Poster and Graphic Design: Jared Mariconi

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