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The Shakespeare First Folio

FIU is the only site in Florida that will host a copy of the Shakespeare First Folio, the first complete edition of William Shakespeare’s plays, as part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, by his colleagues hoping to preserve his works for future generations. At the time, folios were reserved for what was then considered works of important matters – historic, scientific and religious texts. The Shakespeare First Folio saved 18 plays that had not previously appeared in print, including Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, and Twelfth Night.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is a national traveling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 400th anniversary in 2016 of Shakespeare’s death. It is produced in association with the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center. First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare has been 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 Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf. Opportunities are available to sponsor this major exhibition and the Folger’s other Wonder of Will programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Learn more about the Folger.

William Shakespeare

Born April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, William Shakespeare was an actor, playwright and poet. His body of work includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems. Shakespeare’s works have been repeatedly studied, reinterpreted and performed in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world. He is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750). The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs.