Shakespeare at Emory
Emory has been selected as the host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. This year, the Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is bringing one of Shakespeare's First Folios to all fifty states, including Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.
The First Folio, on view at the Michael C. Carlos Museum from November 5 through December 11, is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, it contains significant plays that would have otherwise been lost, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It.
The First Folio pages will be opened to the famous “To be or not to be” speech from Hamlet. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the ongoing significance of Shakespeare.
To accompany this special exhibition, Emory has planned a wide range of public and family programming, featuring scholars, poets, writers, artists, actors, musicians and more. We hope you will join us as we celebrate Shakespeare and the First Folio!