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E of John D Rockefeller SrWhile a number of American universities offered to house the collection the Folgers wanted to give it to the American people Afraid the price of antiuarian books would soar if their names were revealed they secretly acuired prime real estate on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress They commissioned the design and construction of an elegant building with a reading room public exhibition hall and the Elizabethan Theatre The Folger Shakespeare Library was dedicated on the Bard's birthday April 23 1932The library houses 82 First Folios 275000 books and 60000 manuscripts It welc. Reading this book felt like going through an old drawer containing a handful of interesting diary notes interspersed with thousands of dry cleaning tickets and gr

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In Collecting Shakespeare Stephen H Grant recounts the American success story of Henry and Emily Folger of Brooklyn a couple who were devoted to each other in love with Shakespeare and bitten by the collecting bugShortly after marrying in 1885 the Folgers started buying cataloging and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era Emily earned a master's degree in Shakespeare studies The frugal couple worked passionately as a tight knit team during the Gilded Age financing their hobby with the fortune Henry earned as president of Standard Oil Company of New York where he was a trusted associat. If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewA Man s Obsession with First Folios Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by

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Omes than 100000 visitors a year and provides professors scholars graduate students and researchers from around the world with access to the collections It is also a vibrant center in Washington DC for cultural programs including theater concerts lectures and poetry readingsThe library provided Grant with unprecedented access to the primary sources within the Folger vault He draws on interviews with surviving Folger relatives and visits to 35 related archives in the United States and in Britain to create a portrait of the remarkable couple who ensured that Shakespeare would have a beautiful home in Ameri. When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington DC in 1932 on the Bard s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios even books and manuscrip


10 thoughts on “Collecting Shakespeare

  1. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewA Man’s Obsession with First Folios “Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant   “The seed of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare

  2. says:

    Grant succeeds in crafting a superbly documented biography of Henry and Emily Folger which paints a vivid portrait of their passion for assembling and housing the finest Shakespeare collection in the world He includes enough detail to satisfy the curious but lets this story of selfless philanthropy unfold over 40 years So many fascinating small stories of book collecting the rivalry with Henry Huntington their

  3. says:

    Grant had the full cooperation and sponsorship of the Folger Library and the Folger family to write this history of the couple and their lifetimes' work collecting Shakespeariana and eventually building the magnificent Folger Library in Washington DC The couple are interesting as Gilded Age college educated members of the business

  4. says:

    At times wordy and capable of getting lost in small details Collecting Shakespeare is nonetheless a good recounting of the passion of Emily and Henry Folger for Shakespeare The summary of the history of the library after its founders' deaths also provided a good look at the way a research library adapted and cha

  5. says:

    This was an okay book about really interesting people even the people who were only in a few paragraphs managed to be fascinating However the

  6. says:

    Reading this book felt like going through an old drawer containing a handful of interesting diary notes interspersed with thousands of dry clean

  7. says:

    Extremely interesting book on the Folgers Henry and Emily His rise to wealth his interest in Shakespeare and his way of bidding to acuire his many collections of Shakespeare objects books signaturesfolio busts so many objects The people he wast building his collections with The architects of the Library in Washington

  8. says:

    Collecting Shakespeare is a book with promise regrettably the book's focus proves frustrating for anyone whose central preoccupation is the library itself There are parts of this book however that are endlessly fascinating The final three chapters the portion of the book that addresses and explores the creation of the l

  9. says:

    When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington DC in 1932 on the Bard’s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios even books and manuscripts and even included an Elizabethan Theatre All of this came together thanks to the tireless almost obsessive collecting of an American couple – Henr

  10. says:

    This book detailed how one couple built the largest ? library in the world dedicated to Shakespeare Short story one man got lucky with a school scholarships b marrying a wife who shared his passion c landing a mode

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