A Weighty Subject

Quick! What weighs 5 pounds and is 900 pages? No, not  My Wallflower Years Revisited, the abridged version. But this read is just as riveting. It’s Shakespeare’s First Folio and you may get the chance to see it up close thanks to a traveling exhibition, “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare.” The Folio (below), published in 1623, just seven years after the great bard’s demise, collected 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. The book is on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. “In a moment where information seems to be everywhere,” noted Michael Witmore, director of the Folger, in an interview, “it’s startling to be reminded that the sole conduit of some of these incredibly influential plays is a physical object made out of rag paper.” Yes!

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To see where you can check it out in your state go to: http://www.folger.edu/first-folio-tour-host-locations-and-dates

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