Shakespeare at The Betsy


A business magnate’s obsession with the book that gave us Shakespeare

Folger Shakespeare Library’s national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, presented at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in February of this year, featured a large-size volume of the first authorized collection of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. Printed in 1623, only about a third of the original 750 copy run survives, and 82 of those surviving copies were collected by business magnate and Shakespeare enthusiast Henry Folger.

The Betsy was proud to sponsor this event, with several events hosted at the hotel around the Shakespeare collection. The Folger Shakespeare Library has moved on to its next location, but you can learn more about the exhibition, and read the full article about Henry Folger, on FIU Frost Museum’s website HERE.

ON SOUNDCLOUD: Listen to Keynote Speaker Roland Greene, in his presentation on “Who Was Shakespeare’s Cervantes” and Ayanna Thompson, English Professor at George Washington University and Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America,  speak on the racial politics of Shakespeare, at the Shakespeare Across the Divide Symposium at The Betsy in February. CLICK TO HEAR THE PLAYLIST.