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Shakespeare at 450 — A Special Exhibit

foliosOn Wednesday, April 23, the world will celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. The Library will mark the occasion by placing its four 17th century folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays on public display for a special one day exhibition. Donated to Cornell in 1953 by William G. Mennen (class of 1908), these volumes are among the most important books in world literature.  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 thirty-six plays published in the First Folio had never been printed before their appearance here. 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.

When:  Wednesday, April 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. One day only.

Where: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Level 2B


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