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E of John D Rockefeller SrWhile a number of American universities offered to house the collection the Folgers wanted to give it to the American people Afraid the price of antiuarian books would soar if their names were revealed they secretly acuired prime real estate on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress They commissioned the design and construction of an elegant building with a reading room public exhibition hall and the Elizabethan Theatre The Folger Shakespeare Library was dedicated on the Bard's birthday April 23 1932The library houses 82 First Folios 275000 books and 60000 manuscripts It welc Reading this book felt like going through an old drawer containing a handful of interesting diary notes interspersed with thousands of dry cleaning tickets and grocery receipts There was an occasional engrossing anecdote about what Henry or Emily personally thought about specific works of the Bard but most of the text involves slogging through the byzantine acuisition and financing of the Folgers Shakespeare collection It made me wonder who was the target audience for this work Yes undoubtedly the Folgers amassed the premier collection of Shakespeare artifacts in the world a great boon to scholarship worldwide But this is not aimed at scholars as the material itself takes back seat to the business and bibliophilic ephemera of the Folgers life Perhaps it was written for hoarders seeking justification for their own obsession Its organization is puzzling It is not ordered chronologically but by topic Further each chapter seems to jump around in time back and forth which makes constructing a compelling narrative about any aspect of the Folgers life a chore for the reader I sadly must say that on the whole the book was a disappointment Encounters with Rauschenberg universities offered to house the collection the Folgers wanted to give it to the American people Afraid the price of antiuarian books would soar if their names were revealed they secretly acuired prime real estate on Capitol Hill near the Library of Congress They commissioned the design and construction of an elegant building with a reading room public exhibition hall and the Elizabethan Theatre The Folger Shakespeare Library was dedicated on the Bard's birthday April 23 1932The library houses 82 First Folios 275000 books and 60000 manuscripts It welc Reading this book felt like going through an old drawer containing a handful of interesting diary notes interspersed with thousands of dry cleaning tickets and grocery receipts There was an occasional engrossing anecdote about what Henry or Emily personally thought about specific works of the Bard but most of the text involves slogging through the byzantine acuisition and financing of the Folgers Shakespeare collection It made me wonder who was the target audience for this work Yes Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries undoubtedly the Folgers amassed the premier collection of Shakespeare artifacts in the world a great boon to scholarship worldwide But this is not aimed at scholars as the material itself takes back seat to the business and bibliophilic ephemera of the Folgers life Perhaps it was written for hoarders seeking justification for their own obsession Its organization is puzzling It is not ordered chronologically but by topic Further each chapter seems to jump around in time back and forth which makes constructing a compelling narrative about any aspect of the Folgers life a chore for the reader I sadly must say that on the whole the book was a disappointment

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Omes than 100000 visitors a year and provides professors scholars graduate students and researchers from around the world with access to the collections It is also a vibrant center in Washington DC for cultural programs including theater concerts lectures and poetry readingsThe library provided Grant with unprecedented access to the primary sources within the Folger vault He draws on interviews with surviving Folger relatives and visits to 35 related archives in the United States and in Britain to create a portrait of the remarkable couple who ensured that Shakespeare would have a beautiful home in Ameri When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington DC in 1932 on the Bard s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios even books and manuscripts and even included an Elizabethan Theatre All of this came together thanks to the tireless almost obsessive collecting of an American couple Henry and Emily Folger The purchase collection and storage of all sorts of items about Shakespeare and his era became the centre piece of their marriage financed with the fortune Henry accumulated as president of the Standard Oil Company where he worked with John D Rockefeller Sr In Collecting Shakespeare Stephen H Grant recounts the story of this amazing couple whose love for Shakespeare was only eclipsed by their love for one anotherI really wanted to like Collecting Shakespeare A non fiction book about book collecting at the turn of the century Revolving around the collection of works about and by William Shakespeare Collected by a man who lived and worked with one of the business moguls of the period It seemed to be right up my alley Unfortunately it was a big disappointment Stephen Grant lets the subject matter down with unexciting ponderous prose which leaches all of the fun out of what could have been an intriguing slice of turn of the century history Considering the world of book collecting and the rivalries that Grant gets into as well as Folger s place in a world of oil and corruption that caused him to be brought up on charges than once this could have been great exciting narrative history if in the hands of an Erik Larson or a Paul Collins Unfortunately in Collecting Shakespeare we get a simple dry enumeration of events one that at times follows a linear timeline and at other times jumps about in a thematic view This makes for a messy narrative that is not easy to follow All in all a disappointing treatment of an interesting subject I gave Collecting Shakespeare 2 stars Beyond the Pale unprecedented access to the primary sources within the Folger vault He draws on interviews with surviving Folger relatives and visits to 35 related archives in the United States and in Britain to create a portrait of the remarkable couple who ensured that Shakespeare would have a beautiful home in Ameri When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington DC in 1932 on the Bard s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios even books and manuscripts and even included an Elizabethan Theatre All of this came together thanks to the tireless almost obsessive collecting of an American couple Henry and Emily Folger The purchase collection and storage of all sorts of items about Shakespeare and his era became the centre piece of their marriage financed with the fortune Henry accumulated as president of the Standard Oil Company where he worked with John D Rockefeller Sr In Collecting Shakespeare Stephen H Grant recounts the story of this amazing couple whose love for Shakespeare was only eclipsed by their love for one anotherI really wanted to like Collecting Shakespeare A non fiction book about book collecting at the turn of the century Revolving around the collection of works about and by William Shakespeare Collected by a man who lived and worked with one of the business moguls of the period It seemed to be right The Black Ice Score (Parker, up my alley Unfortunately it was a big disappointment Stephen Grant lets the subject matter down with The Black Painting unexciting ponderous prose which leaches all of the fun out of what could have been an intriguing slice of turn of the century history Considering the world of book collecting and the rivalries that Grant gets into as well as Folger s place in a world of oil and corruption that caused him to be brought Fire and Desire up on charges than once this could have been great exciting narrative history if in the hands of an Erik Larson or a Paul Collins Unfortunately in Collecting Shakespeare we get a simple dry enumeration of events one that at times follows a linear timeline and at other times jumps about in a thematic view This makes for a messy narrative that is not easy to follow All in all a disappointing treatment of an interesting subject I gave Collecting Shakespeare 2 stars

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In Collecting Shakespeare Stephen H Grant recounts the American success story of Henry and Emily Folger of Brooklyn a couple who were devoted to each other in love with Shakespeare and bitten by the collecting bugShortly after marrying in 1885 the Folgers started buying cataloging and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era Emily earned a master's degree in Shakespeare studies The frugal couple worked passionately as a tight knit team during the Gilded Age financing their hobby with the fortune Henry earned as president of Standard Oil Company of New York where he was a trusted associat Grant had the full cooperation and sponsorship of the Folger Library and the Folger family to write this history of the couple and their lifetimes work collecting Shakespeariana and eventually building the magnificent Folger Library in Washington DC The couple are interesting as Gilded Age college educated members of the business class Henry Folger was Rockefeller s head of Standard Oil New York advocates for women s colleges and liberal arts and childless sponsors of many nieces and nephews The three star review is simply the result of the book being a map and timeline of the acuisition of a lot of things and the financing and construction of the institution which can t help but be workmanlike in structure and specific in application


10 thoughts on “Collecting Shakespeare

  1. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewA Man’s Obsession with First Folios “Collecting Shakespeare The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H Grant   “The seed of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library

  2. says:

    Grant succeeds in crafting a superbly documented biography of Henry and Emily Folger which paints a vivid portrait of their passion

  3. says:

    Grant had the full cooperation and sponsorship of the Folger Library and the Folger family to write this history of the couple and their lifetimes' work collecting Shakespeariana and eventually building the magnificent Folger Library in Washington DC The couple are interesting as Gilded Age college educated members of the business class Henr

  4. says:

    At times wordy and capable of getting lost in small details Collecting Shakespeare is nonetheless a good recounting of the passion of Emily and Henry Folger for Shakespeare The summary of the history of the library after its founders' deaths also provided a good look at the way a research library adapted and changed with t

  5. says:

    This was an okay book about really interesting people even the people who were only in a few paragraphs managed to be fascinating However the o

  6. says:

    Reading this book felt like going through an old drawer containing a handful of interesting diary notes interspersed with thousands of dry cleaning tickets and grocery receipts There was an occasional engrossing anecdote about what Henry or Emily personally thought about specific works of the Bard but most of the text involves sl

  7. says:

    Extremely interesting book on the Folgers Henry and Emily His rise to wealth his interest in Shakespeare and his way of bidding to acuire his many collections of Shakespeare objects books signaturesfolio busts so many objects The people he wast

  8. says:

    Collecting Shakespeare is a book with promise regrettably the book's focus proves frustrating for anyone whose central preoccupation is the library itself There are parts of this book however that are endlessly fascinating The final three chapters the portion of the book that addresses and explores the creation o

  9. says:

    When the Folger Shakespeare Library opened in Washington DC in 1932 on the Bard’s birthday it housed an amazing number of First Folios even books and manuscripts and even included an Elizabethan Theatre All of this came together thanks to

  10. says:

    This book detailed how one couple built the largest library in the world dedicated to Shakespeare Short story one man got lucky with a school scholarships b marrying a wife who shared his passion c landing a modest paying job and living below his means and d making very lucky stock market investments The long answer is this book and it is well worth the read From colleges in late 19th century New England to oil barons to the sometimes u

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