From Stage To Page: 400 Years Of Shakespeare in Print

Date(s) - 04/01/2023 - 10/01/2023
12:00 am

Frick Pittsburgh


In partnership with Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, this exhibit celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first time William Shakespeare’s works were published as a collection (known as a “folio”).

English playwright, poet and actor William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies, but he later segued into dramas and tragedies. Shakespeare’s work has made a significant and lasting impression on later theatre and literature.

Printed in 1623, Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies was the earliest comprehensive gathering of Shakespeare’s plays in print. The collection preserved 36 of Shakespeare’s plays, half of which had never been printed before and might otherwise have been lost, including “Macbeth,” “The Tempest” and “As You Like It”.

“From Stage to Page” tells the story of the first folio’s origins in the bookstalls of seventeenth-century London and considers the histories of three later, lesser-known folios published in 1632, 1663 and 1685. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see all four folios in one room.

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