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400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death - Exhibit: Full Text of This Exhibit

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

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[portrait-aspect] Poster:

In Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare

(April 23rd 1564 - April 23rd 1616)

We present original copies of two Shakespeare plays, taken from the Second Folio of 1632 and the Fourth Folio of 1685

Courtesy of the CSUEB Library Special Collections


[landscape-aspect] Poster:

In Commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare

(April 23rd 1564 - April 23rd 1616)

We present original copies of two Shakespeare plays, taken from the Second Folio of 1632 and the Fourth Folio of 1685

Courtesy of the CSUEB Library Special Collections


Display card no. 1:

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

London, 1632

Taken from the second folio of 1632.

The first folio (1623) and subsequent second folio (1632) present 36 of Shakespeare's plays, compiled by his fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, including 18 plays that were published for the first time. The large folio format had usually been reserved for especially important or expensive volumes. During Shakespeare's lifetime, stage plays were not taken seriously enough as literature to be collected and published in folios.

 


Display card no. 2:

Measure for Measure

London, 1685

Taken from the second folio of 1685.

The third folio (1663), and fourth folio (1685), added seven more plays attributed to Shakespeare during his lifetime, however modern scholars only accept one of the seven additions as actually being authored by Shakespeare (Pericles). The text of the fourth folio would serve as basis for most future publications of the plays of William Shakespeare.

 


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