First Folio! is a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, will be touring the Folio in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, was chosen to host the exhibit in my region from April 7 – May 1. While the First Folio is displayed at the Currier, other related events will take place at the participating institutions, including our library consortium, and other venues around the state.
The traveling exhibit First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. The First Folio was published in 1623. Officially titled Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, the Folio contains 36 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including 18 plays that were first published in that volume. Without the Folio, we might have no scripts for such famous plays as The Tempest, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar and As You Like It.
“Bringing the First Folio to the Currier is a wonderful opportunity for New Hampshire residents, students and scholars alike, to see firsthand the publication that made the argument for Shakespeare’s genius,” says UNH Professor, Douglas Lanier.
Be sure to check the Folger Shakespeare Library website for the exhibition stop in your area.
(from the original press release from UNH, Manchester)
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