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Discover Shakespeare

Unknown artist. Shakespeare signboard. Oil on panel, late 1600s to early 1700s.

Four centuries after he wrote them, the works of William Shakespeare continue to entertain and intrigue audiences around the world.


Shakespeare’s genius permanently shaped the English language, while his knowledge of the human mind and heart speaks to us across the years. In the words of his friend and rival playwright Ben Jonson, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”


Whether you are just discovering Shakespeare, or are simply eager to learn more about his life, his works, how they were first performed, and the times in which he lived, we hope you will enjoy exploring these resources created by Folger staff members and others associated with the Folger. Each one is enlivened with images from the Folger’s vast collection on Shakespeare.


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