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Shakespeare's First Folio

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Edward Dering goes shopping ; 1. Owning ; 2. Reading ; 3. Decoding ; 4. Performing ; 5. Perfecting ; Conclusion: 'We can afford no more at such a price'

About the Author

Emma Smith teaches at Hertford College, Oxford, and has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and on the reception of Shakespeare.


The book is well illustrated, and Smith writes with great style. * Ben Higgins, Review of English Studies * a marvellous bit of scholarship. Detailed without being dry, playful without being silly, it's a well-researched, thoroughly balanced account of this 'iconic'book * The Oxford Culture Review * Smith is one of the cleverest scholars around, but her academic weight is balanced with an accessible tone and wry humour. * Bristol Magazine * I've been looking forward to Emma Smith's Shakespeare's First Folio ever since I heard her give a paper that asked "can you actually read the First Folio?" It's that sort of arresting question that wouldn't occur to many other people that makes her scholarship so inventive and absorbing. * Jem Bloomfield, Times Higher Education, Summer Reads 2016 * Emma Smith's book comes as a welcome corrective to the fascination with Shakespeare the man ... as it is the "biography" of something far more interesting: a book. * Stuart Kelly, Independent i * Smith's account of the Folio's distinguished career is very nicely written and consistently entertaining and informative ... It is the modern equivalent of a magic book, and Smith's own book does justice to that magic. * Times Higher Education * a charming, enlightening account, not so much of the origins, as of the fortunes over the years subsequently, of the great edition * David Sexton, Evening Standard * This is a beautifully judged book about books, impeccably researched yet wry and affectionate * Jerry Brotton, Financial Times * delightful * Jerry Brotton, The Daily Telegraph * a fascinating and provocative book * Daniel Swift, Spectator * Smith's second book, Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, picks up where The Making of Shakespeare's First Folio leaves off, tracing different ways of interacting with the Folio - owning, reading, forging, acting, collecting, and studying - from the seventeenth century to our own time, and from Europe and America to Africa and Asia. * Kevin Curran, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 * Her diligence in considering every aspect of the Folio's material existence is commendable. * Brian Vickers, Times Literary Supplement * This book is a very good read, a largely anecdotal but always entertaining account of copies of the Shakespeare First Folio (henceforth FF) from their production in 1623 to the present ... the pleasure and instruction this book will bring to the casual bibliophile or the Shakespeare enthusiast. * Alan H. Nelson, Renaissance Quarterly * [A] compassionate biography... a wonderful testimony to the 'worlds most expensive book' and the readers who keep it that way. * Charlotte Scott, Shakespeare Survey *

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