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Visualizing Race Virtually: Exploring the art of Shakespeare
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Visualizing Race Virtually: Exploring the art of Shakespeare

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David Sterling Brown

David Sterling Brown writes about the images and ideas presented in his virtual-reality exhibition, which features art from the Folger collection.

A game of chess
chess board with pieces
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A game of chess

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Take a closer look at some unusual chess sets in the Folger collection, spanning continents and centuries.

Love-in-idleness, Part One: Adapting an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial
purple pansy floating in pink cocktail
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Love-in-idleness, Part One: Adapting an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial

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Marissa Nicosia

Marissa Nicosia adapts an early modern recipe for heartsease cordial. This purple pansy syrup was used to “clear the heart” – to treat the chest and lungs or to reduce fever – but also for healing heartaches and other amorous…

Folger Finds: Edwin Booth's royal tunic
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Folger Finds: Edwin Booth's royal tunic

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Esther Ferington

Marking the anniversary of actor Edwin Booth’s birth on November 13, 1833, we explore a stunning historical costume from the Folger collection: an embroidered-velvet tunic that Booth wore onstage as King Richard III.

Five Faces of Shakespeare
Miss C.B. Currie. Miniature, Cosway binding, 1928. James Boaden, An Inquiry into the Authenticity of Various Pictures. 1824. Folger Shakespeare Library.
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Five Faces of Shakespeare

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Esther Ferington

Among the many treasures of the Folger is a lavish “Cosway binding” that includes five unique miniatures by a 20th-century British artist, “Miss C. B. Currie,” based on the images from the book itself. One of the oddest to modern…

Explore promptbooks from the 1950s festival Shakespeare Under the Stars
King Henry VIII prompt book
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Explore promptbooks from the 1950s festival Shakespeare Under the Stars

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Esther French

The Folger collection contains a number of prompt books from Shakespeare Under the Stars productions, which were gifts from Arthur Lithgow.

What's my line? Exploring promptbooks for Othello
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What's my line? Exploring promptbooks for Othello

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Ben Lauer

Promptbooks let us peer into the minds of some of history’s greatest theater-makers and see how they imagined Shakespeare’s plays.

The game's the thing
Shakespeare games
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The game's the thing

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Erin Sullivan

See examples of creative and beautifully illustrated card games and board games in the Folger collection that use Shakespeare quotes and make references to his plays.

Play scripts as you like them
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Play scripts as you like them

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Sarah Hovde

Promptbooks help stage managers and actors keep their, er, act straight. Explore these ‘As You Like It’ promptbooks from the Folger collection.

The Elizabethan Garden: 11 plants Shakespeare would have known well
Elizabethan Garden
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The Elizabethan Garden: 11 plants Shakespeare would have known well

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Esther French

The text for this blog post is adapted from an article in the Summer 2009 issue of Folger Magazine. Shakespeare, who grew up in a riverside country town and was the grandchild of prosperous farmers, refers with familiarity to an extraordinary number of plants…