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.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.