The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio


The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio

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 Wednesday 26 April 2023

 5–6pm (BST)

 Online only

  Free and all welcome, booking required

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About this event

In this talk drawing extensively on the Bodleian’s own copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), Emma Smith shows what we can learn about Shakespeare, his theatre, and the printing industry, bringing to life the hidden stories of labour, investment, and entrepreneurialism that preserved Shakespeare’s plays for posterity. 

We’re used to celebrating this collection as the embodiment of the author’s genius: in this talk we hear more about the other agents who made this amazing book happen. 


Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford. She is the author of the bestselling This is Shakespeare (2019), and her most recent book is Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers (2022). A revised edition of her book The Making of Shakespeare's First Folio will be released in April 2023.

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