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The Frazier Museum Presents First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

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A national traveling exhibit, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, brings one of the world’s most treasured books to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Thanks to a grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the American Library Association, the Frazier History Museum, University of Louisville, and Louisville Free Public Library will co-host the exhibit at the Frazier History Museum. On display from November 10 - December 10, 2016 at the Frazier History Museum.


The First Folio, published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, is the first collected edition of his plays, many of which were not published during his lifetime.  Two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It. All 18 appear for the first time in print in the First Folio, and would otherwise have been lost.


Accompanying the rare book, on view in the Marshall Charitable Foundation Education Center, will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities.