Stephen Grant’s new biography of the founders of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC
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. The elegant library they built on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress to house their extraordinary collection was dedicated on the Bard'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 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. Author Stephen H. Grant is a senior fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and author of Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal.
Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger
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