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The Millionaire and the Bard
Author: Andrea Mays

ISBN: 9781439118252
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1 June 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.1 x 2.4
Description:
When Shakespeare died in 1616, half of his plays died with him. No one-not even their author-believed that his writings would last. In 1623, seven years after his death, Shakespeare's business partners, companions, and fellow actors gathered copies of his plays and manuscripts and published thirty-six of them. This massive book, the First Folio, was intended as a memorial to their deceased friend. They could not have known that it would become one of the most important books ever published in the English language.

Over two and a half centuries later, a young man fresh out of law school, Henry Folger, bought a book at auction-a later, 1685 edition Fourth Folio, for $107.50. It was the beginning of an obsession that would consume the rest of his life. Folger rose to be president of Standard Oil, and he used his fortune to create the greatest Shakespeare collection in the world. By the time he died, Folger owned more First Folios than anyone and had founded the Folger Shakespeare Library, where his collection still resides.

About the Author

Andrea E. Mays has degrees in economics from the State University of New Yor...

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