LISTEN: Why The First Folio Coming To Boise Is A Big Deal

Aug 17, 2016

Our visual image of Shakespeare also comes from the First Folio which included this engraving.
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A valuable, rare book is coming to Idaho for a month-long exhibition at Boise State University. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. is doing a national tour of the first collection of William Shakespeare’s plays, known as the First Folio. The university expects thousands of people to come and see this 400-year-old book.

To explain why this book is considered so important, George Prentice talked with reporter and the KBSX newsroom’s resident Shakespeare enthusiast Adam Cotterell.

In that conversation you’ll also hear Idaho Shakespeare Festival artistic director Charles Fee talking about why the First Folio is important to actors and directors. Plus you’ll hear University of Nevada Professor Eric Rasmussen, one of the world’s foremost folio scholars. Rasmussen will be in Boise to give a speech about the folio September 1 as part of the exhibition.

Find Adam Cotterell on Twitter @cotterelladam 

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