Shakespeare’s First Folio via Wikimedia Commons

This post in the Financial Times tells the compelling story of American multimillionaire, Henry Folger, and the bad case of Shakespeare Foliomania that eventually lead to the construction of the Folger Shakespeare Library.  Unfortunately, Folger did not live to see the library completed. But his wife Emily refused to give up the dream and continued the project as she and her husband had envisioned it.

The result was something of which Henry would have been proud. At the dedication, prominent Shakespeare scholar and first director, Joseph Quincy Adams Jr. solemnly announced that, “with the new library, America’s capital now had three great memorials that stood out, “in size, dignity and beauty, conspicuous above the rest”: the memorials to Washington, Lincoln and Shakespeare.”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)