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Shakespeare and His World
One of the Library’s most prized works is the first folio edition of William Shakespeare’s collected plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. The First Folio contains 36 plays, 18 of them printed for the first time. This “authorized version,” prepared by his friends and colleagues from “true originall copies,” is the prime source of our knowledge of Shakespeare’s texts. An artist with remarkable intellect, perceptiveness, and poetic power, Shakespeare applied his keen mind and genius to portray the conflicts and emotions of human beings. Each year, The Huntington hosts...
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Bradin Cormack explores various plays—including “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and “Antony and Cleopatra”—in which Shakespeare approaches the problem of characterization by analyzing the basic shape of action itself. Cormack is the author of “A Power to Do Justice” and co-editor of “Shakespeare and the...
Published 05/06/14
David Schalkwyk, former director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library and author of “Hamlet’s Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare,” speaks about the copy of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare” that was secretly circulated, annotated, and signed by Nelson Mandela and other political...
Published 05/07/13
Bruce Smith, the Dean’s Professor of English at the University of Southern California, spoke at the conference titled “Ingenius Acts: The Nature of Invention in Early Modern Europe,” held at The Huntington in April 2011 and sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.
Published 04/01/11
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