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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 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 library itself are thoughtful and interesting Prior to that Collecting Shakespeare is the fetishized and too often implausible American Dream narrative run amok By Grant s account Folger was a bootstrap pulling autodidact who painfully amassed his collection of rare Shakespeariana over several decades while loyally serving John D Rockefeller and Standard Oil He was a prudent responsible thought

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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 Stephen H Grant The seed of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library was sown when Emily Jordan fair in knowledge and Henry Folger well read in poetry and other books attended a beach picnic and realized they shared a passion for Shakespeare In Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant Shakespeare has been in the news lately Not only are his plays constantly being performed read analyzed and loved not only does his language fill our thoughts and his plots and themes our culture there is s

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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 grocery receipts There was an occasional engrossing anecdote about what Henry or Emily personally thought about specific works of the Bard but most of the text involves slogging through the byzantine acuisition and financing of the Folgers Shakespeare collection It made me wonder who was the target audience for this work Yes undoubtedly the Folgers amassed the premier collection of Shakespeare artifacts in the world a great boon to scholarship worldwide But this is not aimed at scholars as the material itself takes back seat to the business and biblio


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 satisf

  3. says:

    Grant had the full cooperation and sponsorship of the Folger Library and the Folger family to write this history

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    At times wordy and capable of getting lost in small details Collecting Shakespeare is nonetheless a good recounting of the passion o

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    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 organization was a little lacking; the book itself did not have much of a narrative

  6. says:

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

  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 wa

  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 cha

  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 – Henry and Emily Folger Th

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    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 modest paying job and living below his means and d making very lucky stock market investments The long answer is this book and it i

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