Considering that William Shakespeare’s birthday was (allegedly…possibly) this week, I thought it prudent to make our Hot Topics this week All About the Bard.
Isn’t it everyone’s dream to land a position at the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest collection of materials on or about the Bard? Or is that just me? Either way, their website has a wealth of information for students and researchers, including but not limited to:
- The ability to read or download the full text of Will’s plays (unless you think someone else wrote them…) through their Folger Digital Texts
- Access to the Folger Library Catalog, adorably named Hamnet, which searches across Folger’s extensive collections of digitized manuscripts, images, and archival materials.
- Access to many more online resources, the full list of which is
Enjoy exploring this site!
If you happen to be anywhere near the University of Notre Dame next January, be sure to make the trip to their Hesburgh Library. They’ll be hosting an exhibit of the rare and precious First Folio, the first collected volume of Shakespeare’s plays. If you can’t make it to Indiana, apparently they are just one stop on a traveling exhibition of the First Folio, sponsored by the Folger and in honor of the 400th anniversary of Will’s death. Who else is hosting the Folio?
And for a spot of fun, try your hand at generating a truly pithy Shakespearean insult with MIT’s Shakespeare Insult Kit. The Guardian compiled their top ten insults here, but I think we can come up with some real doozies.
Happy Birthday, William, you old reeky, beef-witted mammet.