Friends of the Bodleian Annual Lecture 2024

Friends of the Bodleian
Annual Lecture 2024

Oxford's First Folios: same book, different lives

A lecture by Professor Emma Smith

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 Thursday 20 June 2024


 Blackwell Hall, Oxford

 Booking required
£12 | Free for Friends of the Bodleian

About the event

In this talk, Emma Smith will discuss the four copies of Shakespeare's First Folio now in Oxford, and the ways in which their specific stories illustrate the wider biography of this charismatic edition. From the proof-reading of the plays in the printing-house, to the trans-Atlantic rivalry over the best copy, from 18th-century classicism to the careful completion of missing leaves in manuscript, our local copies give an insight into the lives of this book across four centuries.


Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Hertford College.


This event takes place in person in Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library.

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

  Tickets & booking

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Friends and Patrons
This talk is free to Friends and Patrons of the Bodleian. To book as a Friend, contact with your membership number.

General admission
For members of the public, general admission tickets are £12.

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