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Vol. XIV, no. 1

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition

April 2002


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Library Shakespeare Events in April


  • The Library is preparing two Shakespeare exhibits for April. One will draw almost exclusively upon the Shakespeare materials to be found in TCU’s spectacular William Luther Lewis Collection of English and American Literature. At the heart of that collection is a set of three of the four seventeenth century folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays (1632, 1663/4, and 1685). While Lewis was unable to find a suitable copy of the extremely rare first folio (1623), the first published collection of the plays, he did manage to acquire a most interesting substitute in the form of a set of quarto editions of the plays – most by Shakespeare but some are not – all of which were printed for the publisher, Thomas Pavier in 1619, despite fraudulent dates as early as 1600 on some of the title-pages. What makes the Lewis set especially remarkable is that these quartos were assembled and bound together in a contemporary binding that is almost a confirmation of the 20th century bibliographical scholarship which has asserted that the quartos were all printed at the same time. The story is complex and the exhibit is designed to offer some explanations. Also featured in the exhibit will be an assortment of books Shakespeare is believed to have used as source material for his plots and dialogues.

  • A simultaneous exhibit will feature materials in the TCU Library which relate to Shakespeare on Film. These materials would include numerous books and video recordings of performances about Shakespeare’s life and times and of understanding and interpreting Shakespeare. An extensive bibliography has been prepared to accompany this exhibit, which will guide students to resources that they can check out of the Library.

  • As a special note, Elizabethan music will be provided in the Great Reading Room throughout the month of April.

  • The Friends and the Library will host a commemorative afternoon tea on Tuesday, April 23rd. The 23rd of April is significant because it is the anniversary of the date of Shakespeare’s birth and death. Professor Alan Shepard will offer some brief remarks and Roger Rainwater, Special Collections Librarian, will display a few of our Shakespeare treasures. Mark your calendar

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