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University Libraries - First Folio

Seven years after his death in 1616, William Shakespeare’s friends compiled 36 of his plays into a book, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, now known as the First Folio. Without their foresight, 18 previously unpublished works including Julius CaesarMacbeth, and The Tempest could have been lost forever.

One of the few surviving copies of the First Folio is on exhibit at the Ernest F. Hollings Library at USC April 14 – 30. Accompanying the First Folio is Much Ado About Shakespeare, an exhibit of university collections from Holinshed’s Chronicles and the Fourth Folio to 21st century adaptations.

University deans, department chairs and faculty, and representatives from a number of cultural arts organizations throughout the midlands have come together to offer multiple events city-wide celebrating the arrival of the First Folio.

To schedule a special tour for your class or group, please email tclrare@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-8240803-777-8240.


April Exhibit Hours for Hollings Library

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Teaching Resources

The true impact Shakespeare's First Folio is impossible to gauge. His plays are taught in schools around the world, and his characters and stories are as relevant today as they were when written nearly 400 years ago. Please make use of these standards-based resources to engage your students and classrooms in the world of Shakespeare. These resources were compiled by guest curators Jeannette Arvay-Beck, Andrew Clark, and Nicola Imbracsio, whose work was made possible through support from the Center for Digital Humanities.

Calendar of Events


Parking

Many events will take place on the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus, including the First Folio exhibition, lectures, and theatrical, musical, and dance performances. While you can look up campus venues online, the directions you find may be incorrect because of street closings and detours on campus. Please use these tools to make your visit to campus easier.


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Sponsors

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is brought to you by the Folger Shakespeare Library in association with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Libraries Association. It is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, and other generous donors including the SC Humanities Council, the Thomas Cooper Society, the University of South Carolina Libraries, Department of English Language and Literature, School of Music, South Carolina Honors College and Office of the Provost’s Internal Grant Programs.