The Book of William

How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World

Paul Collins

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The first complete collection of Shakespeare's plays was almost never printed. Only the machinations of several wealthy donors and publishers brought it into existence, and even then it was practically unnoticed. Many of the original 750 copies of Shakespeare's First Folio were gone before the turn of the 18 th century. But a hundred years later, the greatest plays in English were rediscovered, revamped, and re-publicized, beginning the long and surprising process that secured the legacy of Shakespeare. Broken down into five sections, each tied to a different location and century, The Book of William explores the curious rise of the First Folio: Frankfurt (17 th century), Fleet Street (18 th century), the British Museum (19 th century), the Folger Shakespeare Library (20 th century), and Meisei University of Tokyo (21 st century). It recounts the book's remarkable journey, as it lies undiscovered for decades, burns, sinks, is bought and sold, and ultimately, becomes untouchable. Finally, Collins speculates on Shakespeare's cross-cultural future as more and more Folios migrate to Japanese buyers, who are entering their contents into the electronic ether.

Paul Collins is the author of Sixpence House and Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism. He edits the Collins Library for McSweeney's Books, and his work has appeared in New Scientist, the Village Voice, and Business 2.0.

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Seitenzahl 256 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.07.2009
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781608191383
Verlag Bloomsbury
Dateigröße 2100 KB

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