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Author Mays, Andrea E.

Title The millionaire and the bard : Henry Folger's obsessive hunt for Shakespeare's first folio / Andrea E. Mays.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  822.33 May    ---  Available
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Description xvi, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Summary "Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bard tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession. When Shakespeare died in 1616 half of his plays died with him. No one--not even their author--believed that his writings would last, that he was a genius, or that future generations would celebrate him as the greatest author in the history of the English language. By the time of his death his plays were rarely performed, eighteen of them had never been published, and the rest existed only in bastardized forms that did not stay true to his original language. Seven years later, in 1623, Shakespeare's business partners, companions, and fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, gathered copies of the plays and manuscripts, edited and published thirty-six of them. This massive book, the First Folio, was intended as a memorial to their deceased friend. They could not have known that it would become one of the most important books ever published in the English language, nor that it would become a fetish object for collectors. The Millionaire and the Bard is a literary detective story, the tale of two mysterious men--a brilliant author and his obsessive collector--separated by space and time. It is a tale of two cities--Elizabethan and Jacobean London and Gilded Age New York. It is a chronicle of two worlds--of art and commerce--that unfolded an ocean and three centuries apart. And it is the thrilling tale of the luminous book that saved the name of William Shakespeare 'to the last syllable of recorded time'"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-316) and index.
Contents Prologue: He was not of an age, but for all time -- The good that men do is...interred with their bones -- Adieu...Remember Me -- Whatever you do, buy -- My Shakespeare, Rise -- Had I the Money, You Would Come... -- Had I the means, I would not hesitate to buy -- The Most Precious Book in the World -- A Shakespeare Discovery -- Do devise some way to get the books -- Will You Give Me the First Choice? or, The False Folio -- I am an American -- Portrait of a Collector -- Thou Art a Moniment, Without a Tombe -- It is the Key of our Hearts -- Epilogue.
Subject Folger, Henry Clay, 1857-1930.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Bibliography -- Folios. 1623.
Book collectors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Millionaires -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
New York (N.Y.) -- Commerce -- History.
New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Friends and associates.
Publishers and publishing -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century.
London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 17th century.
DRAMA / Shakespeare.
ISBN 9781439118238
9781439118252 (pbk.)
9781439141243 (ebook)

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