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    Shakespeare and China

    Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu has been called the “Shakespeare of the East.” This Shakespeare Unlimited podcast episode looks at Tang Xianzu and the role Shakespeare plays in modern-day China.

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  • Early Music of Germany

    Celebrate the holiday season with festive and sacred music from Praetorius, Schütz, and other German masters. Featuring viol consort Arcadia Viols and vocal ensemble Cathedra. Dec 15-23.

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    Barbara Mowat (1934–2017)

    Dr. Barbara Mowat, co-editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions, passed away on November 24. She was a former director of research at the Folger and former editor of Shakespeare Quarterly. There will be a funeral service on November 29.

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    Painting Shakespeare

    Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. On view now.

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  • Spreading the News

    Explore the ways you might have gotten your news in early modern England with these manuscripts and newsbooks in the Folger collection.

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Imogen Entering the Cave of Belarius

This painting by Richard Westall depicts Imogen, the heroine of Shakespeare's play Cymbeline, entering a cave. Learn more from Erin Blake, curator of the Painting Shakespeare exhibition.

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FROM THE BLOGS

Shakespeare's Sources: The Myth of Cleopatra

The Roman distaste of powerful women, their misunderstanding of the Egyptian way of life, and Octavian’s political need to consolidate his rise to dictator created our image of Cleopatra today.

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Proper Etiquette

“Manners maketh man” was the motto of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Would your own table manners pass inspection?

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Our collections, spanning history from the Renaissance onward, and our educational and public programs support the value of pluralism and an open society in which all people contribute and all are treated with respect.
  • Early Music of Germany: Dec. 15 - 23

    Celebrate the holiday season with festive and sacred music from Praetorius, Schütz, and other German masters. Featuring viol consort Arcadia Viols, vocal ensemble Cathedra, and organist Adam Pearl.

  • Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: Dec. 11 at 7:30pm

    Renowned poet, author, and feminist literary critic Sandra Gilbert reads from her own work and from Dickinson's poetry in this annual reading celebrating the life and legacy of Emily Dickinson. Black cake is provided at the reception following the reading.

  • Theresa Rebeck's The Way of the World: on stage Jan. 9

    A new comedy freely adapted from the classic play by William Congreve and featuring Tony Award nominee Kristine Nielsen (Present Laughter, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Only 39 performances! "A biting and hilarious satire" (Times Argus).

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