See Shakespeare's Big Book in the Little Apple!
During the spring semester of 2016, Kansas State University has the honor of hosting a series of public events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the life of poet and dramatist William Shakespeare, 1564-1616.
Shortly after the death of Shakespeare, his actor-friends collected and published 36 of his plays in a large-format book known as the "First Folio." This 1623 text contained 18 of Shakespeare’s previously unpublished plays and therefore established Shakespeare as a major literary figure.
Most people have never seen an original Shakespeare First Folio. K-State won a grant competition to exhibit the rare text, which is on generous loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library for the month of February.
Kansans of all ages have a unique opportunity to view the First Folio on display at the Beach Museum in Manhattan, KS and are invited to attend the celebratory public talks, dramatic performances, a teachers’ workshop, and family engagements that will surround the exhibition of this treasured book.
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, and other generous donors.