The Folgers as Collectors: The Influence
|Emerson's writings on the American national character and on Shakespeare as a moral exemplar guided Folger's contemplation of the formation of his own character and intensified his fascination with Shakespeare. Reading and thinking about reading were integral to Folger's self-definition of a larger purpose in life, which eventually manifested itself in the creation of his Shakespeare library.||
A Shared Passion features the set of commonplace books in which Folger -- and later after their marriage Mrs. Folger -- recorded their thoughts on their reading.
Paintings and Art Objects: | Fuseli's Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head | Thomas Parr's John Philip Kemble as 'Hamlet' | Thomas Nast's Immortal Light |
This page updated September 5, 2002