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FOLGER_110417_027.JPG: Lord, what fooles these mortals be!
-- A Midsummer Nights Dream
FOLGER_110417_122.JPG: England's genius filled all measure
of heart and soul, of strength and pleasure,
gave to the mind its emperor,
and life was larger than before;
nor sequent centuries could hit
orbit and sum of Shakespeare's wit,
the men who lived with him became
poets, for the air was fame.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
FOLGER_110417_170.JPG: Thrice happy the nation that Shakespeare has charm'd
More happy the bosoms his genius has warm'd;
Ye children of nature, of fashion and whim,
He painted you all, all join to praise him.
-- David Garrick
FOLGER_110417_215.JPG: What needs my Shakespeare
for his honor'd bones
the labor of an age
in piled stones?
Thou in our wonder
hast built thyself
a live-long movement.
-- John Hilton
FOLGER_110417_247.JPG: Thomas Barker
MacBeth and the Witches, ca 1830
Here Macbeth meets the "secret, black, and midnight hags," who have harvested "slips of yew" at the "moons eclipse" and dug "root of hemlock" in the dark. The deep shadow in the painting suggests Macbeth's own complicity in the "darkness" of the witches as he has sought help through demonic means. Only later, when it is too late, does he jokingly seek the help of the legitimate physician, from whom he asks for some "rhubarb" or some other "purgative drug" to rid Scotland of the English forces.
Wikipedia Description: Folger Shakespeare Library
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The Folger Shakespeare Library is an independent research library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. It has the world's largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare, and is a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500–1750). The library was established by Henry Clay Folger in association with his wife Emily Jordan Folger. It opened in 1932, two years after Folger's death.
The library offers advanced scholarly programs, national outreach to K-12 classroom teachers on Shakespeare education, and plays, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures, and family programs. It also has several publications and is a leader in methods of preserving rare materials.
The library is privately endowed and administered by the Trustees of Amherst College. The library building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Standard Oil of New York president, then chairman of the board, Henry Clay Folger, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, was an avid collector of Shakespeareana. Toward the end of World War I, he and his wife Emily Jordan Folger began searching for a location for his Shakespeare library. They chose a location adjacent to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The land was then occupied by townhouses, and Folger spent several years buying the separate lots. The site was designated for expansion by the Library of Congress, but in 1928 the Congress passed a resolution allowing its use for Folger's project.
The cornerstone of the library was laid in 1930, but Folger died soon afterward. The bulk of Folger's fortune was left in trust, with Amherst College as administrator, for the library. Because of the stock market crash of 1929, Folger's estate was smaller than he had planned, although still substantial. Emily Folger, who had worked with her husband on his collection, supplied the funds to complete the project. The library opened on April 23, 1932 (believed to be Shakespeare's birthday). Emily Folger remained involved in its administration until shortly before her death in 1936.
The main Folger building was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret. The white marble exterior includes nine street-level bas-reliefs of scenes from Shakespeare's plays created by the sculptor John Gregory as well as many inscriptions personally selected by Henry Folger. The large Art Deco window and door grilles are aluminum.
Inside, the building is designed in a Tudor style with oak paneling and plaster ceilings. The two reading rooms (one added in the early 1980s) are reserved for use by scholars who have obtained advance permission. Public spaces include the large exhibition gallery, a gift shop, and the Elizabethan Theatre.
A second Folger building, the Haskell Center, opened in 2000 across the street from the original building. It houses the library's education and public programs staffs.
The Folger grounds include an Elizabethan garden of plantings from Shakespeare's plays or that were commonly used in his day.
The large Folger collection of Shakespeare materials is best-known for its 79 copies of the 1623 First Folio as well as many quartos of individual plays. The library also holds the third largest collection of English printed books from before 1641.
In all, the library collection includes more than 250,000 books, about 55,000 manuscripts (from Elizabeth I and John Donne to Mark Twain and Walt Whitman), 250,000 playbills, and 50,000 works on paper (including prints and photographs). It also holds many paintings and sculptures, most related to Shakespeare or his plays.
Folger Shakespeare Library’s cultural and arts programs include theater, poetry, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures.
Folger Theatre performs a three-play season, featuring the works of Shakespeare as well as contemporary plays inspired by his works. Several productions have won a Helen Hayes Award. The Folger Consort, the library's resident early music ensemble, also performs a regular concert program.
The annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction readings are performed in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.
The O. B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded by the library to a U.S. poet who has published at least one book within the last five years, has made important contributions as a teacher, and is committed to furthering the understanding of poetry.
The Folger Institute organizes academic conferences, symposia, and seminars, as well as summer institutes. The Folger education department holds month-long summer institutes on teaching Shakespeare for teachers, as well as workshops around the country.
Folger publications include the Folger Library editions of Shakespeare's plays, the journal Shakespeare Quarterly, the teacher resource books Shakespeare Set Free, and exhibition catalogs.
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