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The Collation

Research and Exploration at the Folger

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George Saunders in happier times
signature of George Saunders
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George Saunders in happier times

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Heather Wolfe

The tale of George Saunders and his hopes for a wife.

Engraving the Courtesan: Sex Work and “The Renaissance” in Victorian Books
Engraving of a woman from the torso up. She faces the viewer. She wears a broad hat with a feather on it and a dress with a low, square neckline.
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Engraving the Courtesan: Sex Work and “The Renaissance” in Victorian Books

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Alicia Meyer

When is a Hollar not a Hollar? When his name is being used in 19th century depictions of early modern women. Folger Fellow Alicia Meyer looks at sexualization, economic power, and the manipulation of the past.

Exit, Pursued by a Polar? Bear
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Exit, Pursued by a Polar? Bear

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emma poltrack

A brief look at Shakespeare’s most famous stage direction.

Re-Framing the Copy
A hand-drawn illustration showing an elaborately decorated columned building surrounded by text.
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Re-Framing the Copy

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Nora Epstein

Folger Fellow Nora Epstein explores the work of the copier Thomas Trevelyon.

Reattribution of M.a.11, An account of the many fine seats of noblemen &c. (1763)
Handwritten title page with simple hand-drawn decorative border
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Reattribution of M.a.11, An account of the many fine seats of noblemen &c. (1763)

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Erin Blake

Sometimes, we get new information about one of our collection items. In this case, Erin explains how we came to re-attribute the authorship of Folger MS M.a.11.

Interview and excerpt: Jennie M. Votava, Shakespeare’s Histories On Screen: Adaptation, Race and Intersectionality
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Interview and excerpt: Jennie M. Votava, Shakespeare’s Histories On Screen: Adaptation, Race and Intersectionality

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The Collation

An interview with Dr. Jennie M. Votava and an excerpt from her 2023 book, Shakespeare’s Histories On Screen: Adaptation, Race and Intersectionality.

Postcards in the (home) archive 1965–1985
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Postcards in the (home) archive 1965–1985

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Stephen H. Grant

A continuation of the series looking at Folger Shakespeare Library postcards.

The Queen and Pungent Times: Elizabeth I and the politics of smell
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The Queen and Pungent Times: Elizabeth I and the politics of smell

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Renée A. Bricker

Folger Fellow Renée Bricker uses the senses as a way to explore life during the reign of Elizabeth I.

David and Eva Garricks’ Villa at Hampton: Shakespeare in the Landscape
Informal portrait of David and Eva Maria Garrick. David is sitting in a chair at a small writing table. He is leaning his cheek on his right hand, which also holds a quill. Eva is standing behind the chair playfully reaching for the quill, as if to pull it out of David's hand.
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David and Eva Garricks’ Villa at Hampton: Shakespeare in the Landscape

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Kasie Alt

Folger Fellow Kasie Alt explores Eva Maria Garrick’s role in the landscaping of their Hampton estate.

Silence
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Silence

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Campbell Hannan

Former Folger-Dumbarton fellow Campbell Hannan examines archival silences and what we can and must do to reveal them.

The Royal Arctic Theatre and HMS Resolute
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The Royal Arctic Theatre and HMS Resolute

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Julie Swierczek

During the seemingly-endless heat waves of summer, I am drawn to reading about polar exploration. A few years ago I mentioned to a Folger colleague that I had just finished reading Alfred Lansing’s Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, and they replied,…

Interview and excerpt: Debapriya Sarkar, Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science
Double page opening of an early modern book in blackletter type
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Interview and excerpt: Debapriya Sarkar, Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science

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The Collation

An interview with Dr. Debapriya Sarkar and an excerpt from her 2023 book, Possible Knowledge: The Literary Forms of Early Modern Science.

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