Collecting Shakespeare



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 bug.Shortly 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 associate of John D Rockefeller Sr.While a number of American universities offered to house the collection, the Folgers wanted to give it to the American people Afraid the price of antiquarian books would soar if their names were revealed, they secretly acquired 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, 1932.The library houses 82 First Folios, 275,000 books, and 60,000 manuscripts It welcomes than 100,000 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, D.C., for cultural programs, including theater, concerts, lectures, and poetry readings.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. New Download [ Collecting Shakespeare ] Author [ Stephen H. Grant ] – e17streets4all.co.ukCollecting Shakespeare

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  • Hardcover
  • 244 pages
  • Collecting Shakespeare
  • Stephen H. Grant
  • English
  • 23 July 2017
  • 1421411873

10 thoughts on “Collecting Shakespeare

  1. 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 res...

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

  3. 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 library itself are thoughtful and interesting Prior to that, Collecting Shakespeare is the fetishized and too often implausible American Dream na...

  4. says:

    When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington D.C in 1932 on the Bard s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios, evenbooks 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 The purchase, collection and storage of all sorts of items about Shakespeare and his era became the centre piece of their marriage, financed with the fortune H When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington D.C in 1932 on the Bard s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios, evenbooks 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 The purchase, collection and storage o...

  5. says:

    A Man s Obsession with First Folios Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant Disclaimer I received a reader s copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review The book was published on February 8th, 2014 review written 27 06 2015 Review cross posted on Edelweiss Published February 28th 2014 Shakespeare has been in the news latel...

  6. 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 D.C The couple are interesting as Gilded Age, college educated members of the business class Henry Folger was Rockefeller s head of Standard Oil New York , advocates for women s colleges and liberal arts, and childless sponsors of many nieces and n Grant had the full cooperation and sponsorship of the Folger Li...

  7. 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 modest paying job and living below his means, and d making very lucky stock market investments The long answer is this book, and it is well worth the read From colleges in late 19th century New England to oil barons to the sometimes unscrupulous world of book collecting and 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...

  8. says:

    For the most part, this book was a compendium of facts which read as if the author was transcribing from his index cards which he at times re sorted to use in another section of the book It would have beencompelling had he provided some insight and developed some of the statements he made.

  9. says:

    Wonderful story of how the husband and wife devoted their lives and fortune to amassing a vast collection of Shakespeareana which became the core collection of the library they built in Washington, D.C.

  10. says:

    3.5 Stars

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