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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

Jan 6, 2016Feb 7, 2016

imagesPart of the international events in 2016 commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, will include a national tour of multiple copies of Shakespeare’s original edition as First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, which will make its first stop here in Eugene offering visitors a chance to see the book itself, open to Hamlet’s famous “To Be or Not To Be” monologue.” As the winning Oregon host side, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will offer free admission for the duration of the exhibition, January 6, 2016 to February 7, 2016.


Additional materials from the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives add context to the exhibition. These include the second and fourth folios of Shakespeare’s collected works, the first folio of the works of playwright Ben Johnson, and illustrations for an edition of The Tempest by English artist Walter Crane.


First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and the Cincinnati Museum Center. The tour is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. The JSMA’s presentation is supported by the Kingsley Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Fund in the Department of English, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Affairs, the Oregon Humanities Center, and the Departments of English and Theatre Arts. Additional support has been provided by the City of Eugene Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives.


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