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Hamlet's Blackberry

Erasable Tables in the Renaissance


Writing tables bound in finely worked silver filigree. Manuscript, late 17th century

The Folger Magazine excerpt (summer 2010 issue) from Bill Powers’ Hamlet’s Blackberry is based in part on collaborative research conducted at the Folger by Peter Stallybrass (University of Pennsylvania), Roger Chartier (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and University of Pennsylvania), Heather Wolfe (Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger), and Frank Mowery (Eric Weinmann Head of Conservation at the Folger), which culminated in the publication of “Hamlet’s Tables and the Technologies of Writing in Renaissance England” in Shakespeare Quarterly, volume 55, number 4 (Winter, 2004), pp. 379-419.


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