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Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger

  • New Mexico Museum of Art • St. Francis Auditorium 107 West Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

Stephen Grant introduces a topic on which he wrote his book, Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger, founders of the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. 

Stephen Grant will talk with fellow author John F. Andrews about what makes the 1623 First Folio an extraordinary volume, and he’ll explain why there are more copies of it in one American library than in all of the playwright’s native England. Books will be available for signing after the lecture.

(As a provocative side note, Emily and Henry Folger met at one of the Shakespeare reading groups that were so popular at the time.)


And now I will unclasp a secret book,
And, to your quick-conceiving discontents,
I’ll read you matter deep and dangerous.
— Worcester in 1 Henry IV