The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

The miraculous and romantic story of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession: “Mays’s narrative is so fast-moving, and peppered with such fascinating detail, it almost reads like a thriller” (Entertainment Weekly, Grade: A).

When Shakespeare died in 1616, half of his plays died with him. No one—not even their author—believed that his writings would last. In 1623, seven… (more)

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Rarely has a mad passion brought forth such a splendid and enduring fruit.

A brisk chronicle of how William Shakespeare almost vanished into obscurity and how one obsessive American created the playwright's finest modern shrine.


Book Details  


Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 12, 2015)

Collection: Simon & Schuster

Parent ISBN: 9781439118252

Page count: 368 pages

File size: 6.9 MB

Language: English


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