Tulane to exhibit first book of Shakespeare plays

February 26, 2015

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444


Shakespeare's "First Folio"

Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University has been selected to host “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition featuring the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

The “First Folio” was compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors to preserve them for future generations. Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, it features 36 plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and Hamlet.

The month-long exhibit of Shakespeare’s “First Folio,” one of the world’s most treasured books, will take place in the spring of 2016 and feature a jazz funeral and second line.

Tulane was selected as the Louisiana host site for the exhibition by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from 1500 to 1750. Tulane will collaborate with local libraries and universities and the Historic New Orleans collection in hosting the exhibition.

“We are honored to have been selected as one of the institutions to help share this extraordinary part of the world’s cultural heritage from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s collection,” said Tulane English Department chairman Michael Kuczynski, who on behalf of the School of Liberal Arts spearheaded the effort to bring the exhibit to Tulane.

“The idea is to take this very famous book and introduce it to as many people in Louisiana, New Orleans and on campus as we can, while paying tribute to Shakespeare.”

When the “First Folio” arrives at Tulane, it will be opened to the most quoted line from Shakespeare and one of the most quoted lines in the world – “To be or not to be” from Hamlet. The exhibition will include a multi-panel display exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities.





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