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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

1595
This is the only known surviving copy of the third edition of Shakespeare’s first printed work. It is a heavily-repaired fragment, with the first section now lost. 
1596
Edward III was published anonymously in 1596, and was one of three plays attributed to Shakespeare in the catalogue of books appended to Thomas Goffe’s The Careless Shepherdess in 1656.
February 4, 1596
In 1596, the actor and theater builder James Burbage bought some property in Blackfriars, a London neighorhood on the site of a former monastery. His purchase included “seven great upper rooms as they are now divided” as well as some lower rooms and adjoining staircases and yards.
1597
Richard III was first printed in 1597, and the title page enumerates the various exploits to be found within, including Richard’s “treacherous Plots,” the “pittiefull murther of his innocent nephews,” his “tyrannicall vsurpation,” and of course h
1598
William Shakespeare's name first appeared on the title pages of three plays in 1598, including this edition of Love's Labor's Lost. Fourteen copies of this edition are known to survive. The sub-title, "Newly corrected and augmented By W.

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