The Book of William

The Book of William

How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World

Book - 2009
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One book above all others has transfixed connoisseurs for four centuries--a book sold for shillings in the streets of London, whisked to Manhattan for millions, and stored deep within the vaults of Tokyo. The book: William Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623. This "travelogue" follows the trail of the Folio's remarkable journey and Shakespeare's cross-cultural future as Asian buyers enter their Folios into the electronic ether.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596911956
Branch Call Number: 016.8223 COLLINS
Characteristics: viii, 246 p. ; 22 cm


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ser_library Feb 04, 2012

written in a conversational style

i learned much

Jun 11, 2010

Wow! What an engaging book about a book! Collins follows the literary journey of the efforts, rivalries and gigantic personalities involved in collecting and publishing Shakespeare's plays and the subsequent revisions and editions. Then, we follow the paths of these first folios take as they become the most collected books in the world to the current efforts to make books like it available digitally. Fascinating on so many levels?a must read for Shakespeare fans, book lovers and for those interested in the book trade. It's truly a page turner.


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