Flash Folio Exhibition at Cornell–Happy Birthday Will!


I spent my university years lugging around the weighty Riverside Shakespeare, the volume that has held the status of “definitive Shakespeare” text in academic circles since its first publication 30 years ago. Having never minded the moniker Shakespeare nerd–I could not help the stab of jealousy at missing the opportunity to experience Cornell’s flash exhibition of 4 rare folios in honour of the Bard’s 450 birthday.

For one day only, the Library is putting all four folio editions of William Shakespeare’s plays — the earliest published collections of his work, all printed in the 17th century and now among the most important books in all of world literature — on display to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth.
All the world may be a stage, but Cornell is fortunate to be one of the few places in the world that can put all four folios on display for its community of readers and researchers.

On Wednesday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., come to the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections on level 2B of Kroch Library to see these rare editions all together, live and in person.

William G. Mennen ’08 donated the Library’s volumes in 1953. The First Folio of 1623, published seven years after the author’s death, established Shakespeare’s canon by collecting his plays in a single volume for the first time. Eighteen of the 36 plays published in the First Folio had never been printed before their appearance here.

So if you happen to be at Cornell…





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