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In Collecting Shakespeare Stephen H Grant recounts the American success story of Henry and Emily Folger of Brooklyn a couple who were devoted to each other in love with Shakespeare and bitten by the collecting bugShortly after marrying in the Folgers started buying cataloging and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era Emily earned a master's degree in Shakespeare studies The frugal couple worked passionately as a tight knit team during the Gilded Age financing their hobby with the fortune Henry earned as president of Standard Oil Company of New York where he was a trusted a If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewA Man s Obsession with First Folios Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant The seed of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library was sown when Emily Jordan fair in knowledge and Henry Folger well read in poetry and other books attended a beach picnic and realized they shared a passion for Shakespeare In Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant Shakespeare has been in the news lately Not only are his plays constantly being performed read analyzed and loved not only does his language fill our thoughts and his plots and themes our culture there is something definitely afoot The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd a discovery of another First Folio in France discovery of the only portrait made during Shakespeare s lifetime the identity of the enigmatic Mr WH to whom the sonnets were dedicated etc Is the Shakespeare renaissance underway This book is the story of one man obsessed with a need to amass Shakespeare s genius in one place The rest of this review can be found elsewhere

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Collecting Shakespeare

Than visitors a year and provides professors scholars graduate students and researchers from around the world with access to the collections It is also a vibrant center in Washington DC for cultural programs including theater concerts lectures and poetry readingsThe library provided Grant with unprecedented access to the primary sources within the Folger vault He draws on interviews with surviving Folger relatives and visits to related archives in the United States and in Britain to create a portrait of the remarkable couple who ensured that Shakespeare would have a beautiful home in America Collecting Shakespeare is a book with promise regrettably the book s focus proves frustrating for anyone whose central preoccupation is the library itself There are parts of this book however that are endlessly fascinating The final three chapters the portion of the book that addresses and explores the creation of the library itself are thoughtful and interesting Prior to that Collecting Shakespeare is the fetishized and too often implausible American Dream narrative run amok By Grant s account Folger was a bootstrap pulling autodidact who painfully amassed his collection of rare Shakespeariana over several decades while loyally serving John D Rockefeller and Standard Oil He was a prudent responsible thoughtful underling for one of America s first titans of industry In addition he strategically extricated himself from the less than ethical at times criminal charges leveled against Rockefeller All of this is to say too often Collecting Shakespeare is about the man and his obsession rather than what his obsession created Emily Folger is not as present in Collecting Shakespeare as I would have anticipated Remember it was her husband s wealth and investment capital that allowed the Folgers to amass the collection of rare books that would eventually become the Folger Shakespeare Library Grant attempts to illustrate how Emily Folger operated as a pivotal piece of her husband s bibliophilic endeavors by suggesting that she curated and investigated important rare books that Folger himself would inevitably purchase Regrettably too often she feels like Folger s underling not unlike Folger to Rockefeller Near the close of Collecting Shakespeare Grant ruminates over the symbolic significance of the Folger Shakespeare Library While describing the library s dedication ceremony on April 23 1932 he writes On the other side of the Atlantic from Stratford a newly confident American culture was about to receive an emblematic gift expressing its arrival as Europe s eual in cultivation and respect for high culture 177 The bombast notwithstanding this idea succinctly encapsulates what this book could have been a history of America arriving as a legitimate cultural signifier represented by of all things a library for and about the work of William Shakespeare

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Ssociate of John D Rockefeller SrWhile a number of American universities offered to house the collection the Folgers wanted to give it to the American people Afraid the price of antiuarian books would soar if their names were revealed they secretly acuired prime real estate on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress They commissioned the design and construction of an elegant building with a reading room public exhibition hall and the Elizabethan Theatre The Folger Shakespeare Library was dedicated on the Bard's birthday April The library houses First Folios books and manuscripts It welcomes At times wordy and capable of getting lost in small details Collecting Shakespeare is nonetheless a good recounting of the passion of Emily and Henry Folger for Shakespeare The summary of the history of the library after its founders deaths also provided a good look at the way a research library adapted and changed with the changing technologies and times of the 20th century


10 thoughts on “Collecting Shakespeare

  1. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewA Man’s Obsession with First Folios “Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant   “The seed of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library was sown when Emily Jordan ‘fair in knowledge’ and Henry Folger ‘well read in poetry and other books’ attended a beach picnic and realized they shared a passion for

  2. says:

    Grant succeeds in crafting a superbly documented biography of Henry and Emily Folger which paints a vivid portrait of their passion

  3. says:

    Grant had the full cooperation and sponsorship of the Folger Library and the Folger family to write this history of the couple and their lifetimes' work collecting Shakespeariana and eventually building the magnificent Folger Library

  4. says:

    At times wordy and capable of getting lost in small details Collecting Shakespeare is nonetheless a good recounting of the passion of Emily and Henry Folger for Shakespeare The summary of the history of the library after its founders' deaths also provided a good look at the way a research library adapted and changed with the changing technol

  5. says:

    This was an okay book about really interesting people even the people who were only in a few paragraphs managed to be fascinating However the organization was a little lacking; the book itself did not have much of a narrative

  6. says:

    Reading this book felt like going through an old drawer containing a handful of interesting diary notes interspersed with thousands of dry cleaning tickets and grocery receipts There was an occasional engrossing anecdote about what Henry or Emily personally thought about specific works of the Bard but most of the text involves slogging through the byzantine acuisition and financing of the Folgers' Shakespeare

  7. says:

    Extremely interesting book on the Folgers Henry and Emily His rise to wealth his interest in Shakespeare and his

  8. says:

    Collecting Shakespeare is a book with promise regrettably the book's focus proves frustrating for anyone whose central preoccupation is the library itself There are parts of this book however that are endlessly fascinating The final three chapters the portion of the book that addresses and explores the creatio

  9. says:

    When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington DC in 1932 on the Bard’s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios even books and manuscripts and even included an Elizabethan Theatre All of this came together thanks to the tireless almost obsessive collecting of an American couple – Henry

  10. says:

    This book detailed how one couple built the largest library in the world dedicated to Shakespeare Short story one man got lucky with a school scholarships b marrying a wife who shared his passion c landing a modest paying job and living below his means and d making very lucky stock market investments The long answer is

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