The First Folio: Shakespeare For All Time?

Event time: 
Wednesday, August 23, 2023 - 12:00am to Sunday, February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Sterling Memorial Library (SML) See map
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

This exhibit celebrates the Elizabethan Club’s rare book collections, largely assembled in the early 1910s by a young Yale alumnus who was inspired by his Shakespeare lectures. The exhibit constellates around the 1623 First Folio but tells a broader story, foregrounding early modern printers, 20th-century bibliographers, and booksellers today. We’ll see how the First Folio established Shakespeare’s iconic status. But its longer history reminds us that Shakespeare’s position as valuable cultural property—with early editions that can sell for exorbitant sums— was not necessarily inevitable.