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Apollo 11 and other scientific wonders
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong.
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Apollo 11 and other scientific wonders

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Mark the 55th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with a look at a fascinating Apollo 11 flight plan sheet that traveled to the Moon.

A Tour of the Newly-Reopened Folger | Part 2
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A Tour of the Newly-Reopened Folger | Part 2

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We take a look at how research happens at the Folger, from Folger Institute fellowships to the chairs in our Reading Room.

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.

Shakespeare and the language of slavery
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Shakespeare and the language of slavery

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Dr. Judith Spicksley

A Folger fellow shares her research into the language of slavery in early modern England, and more specifically, the use of that language in the works of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare's birthplace: Embellishing an ordinary home
Shakespeare's Birthplace
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Shakespeare's birthplace: Embellishing an ordinary home

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Richard Schoch

Richard Schoch examines the first published image of William Shakespeare’s birthplace from 1769, reflecting on the transformation of a humble home into a significant tourist site in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Recipes for dealing with the plague in Shakespeare’s England
Burges's water for the plague
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Recipes for dealing with the plague in Shakespeare’s England

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Yann Ryan

Recipes for plague-curing potions like “Doctor Burges’s remedy” are often found in household recipe books of Shakespeare’s time. Folger fellow Yann Ryan writes about the circulation of information and misinformation through these recipes.

Picturing early modern women athletes
Women racing gondolas
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Picturing early modern women athletes

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Peter Radford

Folger fellow Peter Radford explores the history of picturing women athletes from ancient Greece to early modern Europe, how these images can be hard to find and interpret, but also why they’re so valuable and compelling.

Digital humanities and Macbeth's "creepiest" word
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Digital humanities and Macbeth's "creepiest" word

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Celebrate Halloween and Shakespeare with the remarkable story of Macbeth’s “creepiest” word — a common, simple term whose unusual use in the play was identified by data analysis in 2014 and highlighted in a recent online column.

What lost Turk plays can tell us about Shakespeare’s England and about ourselves
Osman II
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What lost Turk plays can tell us about Shakespeare’s England and about ourselves

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Murat Öğütcü

The study of extant early modern plays is a painstaking business that moves along a fine line of conjectural and historicist study. With the advent of the Lost Plays Database in 2009, scattered primary and secondary materials have been brought…

Excerpt - "Ghosts, Holes, Rips and Scrapes: Shakespeare in 1619, Bibliography in the Longue Durée" by Zachary Lesser
Edward Gwynn’s set of Pavier Quartos
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Excerpt - "Ghosts, Holes, Rips and Scrapes: Shakespeare in 1619, Bibliography in the Longue Durée" by Zachary Lesser

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What’s the most influential book for Shakespeare scholarship? The First Folio of 1623 immediately comes to mind for many. However, there’s another book, less famous but still incredibly important for Shakespeare scholars: Edward Gwynn’s set of Pavier Quartos, found in…

Translating Shakespeare’s plays into Persian
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Translating Shakespeare’s plays into Persian

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Iranian professor and Shakespeare scholar Ali Salami has used the Folger Shakespeare’s freely available digital texts to translate almost all of the works of Shakespeare into Persian. Read a Q&A with Salami about his translation work.

The curious and complicated case of Locrine
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The curious and complicated case of Locrine

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Alexandra E. LaGrand

The curious and complicated history of the 16th-century play “The Lamentable Tragedie of Locrine” prompts interesting conversations about the Shakespeare canon and its apocrypha.

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