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The Folger Shakespeare Library has the world's largest collection of materials relating to Shakespeare and his works, from the 16th century to the present day, as well as a world-renowned collection of books, manuscripts, and prints from Renaissance Europe. The Library actively acquires new materials that build on the strengths of the collection. In the Folger’s state-of-the-art conservation lab, conservators prepare collection material for exhibition and for hands-on study by researchers.

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Events at Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibition
Shakespeare, Life of an Icon
January 19—March 27, 2016

We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime.

Exhibition
America's Shakespeare
April 04—July 24, 2016

Shakespeare's words, ideas, and characters are central to American life and thought—even though he was an Englishman. But why is that, and how has his place in American culture changed over time, along with the country?

Exhibition
Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity
August 08—December 04, 2016

Shakespeare and Austen are both on a first-name basis with a world that speaks glowingly of "Will" and "Jane." From that starting point, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity takes a close look at these authors' literary afterlives—and finds some surprising parallels.

Documents contributed by Folger Shakespeare Library

1594
Epicedium, a brief quarto pamphlet made up of only a single poem in memory of Lady Helen Branch, contains one of the earliest allusions to Shakespeare’s Lucrece by name.
1594
Shakespeare’s Lucrece was first printed in 1594, fulfilling his promise to the earl of Southampton in the 1593 dedication to Venus and Adonis of “some grauer labour.” In the dedicatory epistle to Lucrece, which was likewise
1595
Locrine was published by Thomas Creede in 1595 with a title page claiming that the play is “Newly set foorth, overseene and corrected, By W.S.” This Senecan revenge tragedy, with close thematic and plot links to Shakespeare and George Peele’s Titu
1595
Like Shakespeare’s Sonnets, first printed in 1609, Richard Barnfield’s sonnet sequence Cynthia (1595) was accompanied by a narrative complaint.
1595
In 1595 William Covell, a church of England clergyman and a fellow of Queen’s College in Cambridge, wrote Polimanteia, which was produced by John Legate, the Cambridge University printer.

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