Join the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library for a fundraising party to celebrate Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger (2014), Stephen H. Grant’s biography of the founders of the Folger Shakespeare Library. In Collecting Shakespeare, 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 bug. Shortly after marrying in 1885, the Folgers started buying, cataloging, and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era.
The elegant library they built on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress to house their extraordinary collection was dedicated on Shakespeare’s birthday, April 23, 1932. Today, it holds 82 First Folios, 275,000 books, and 60,000 manuscripts, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors a year and serving as a vibrant cultural center in our nation’s capital. The 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 America.
This is a fundraiser party with wine, sparkling, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
Cost: $50 per person ($35 tax deductible)
$75 includes the book, Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger ($35 tax deductible)
Collecting Shakespeare will also be available for sale at the event.
All proceeds benefit children’s reading programs at the Santa Fe Public Library.