The Books that Made Shakespeare

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The Books that Made Shakespeare is a digital exhibition that allows you to learn about and explore the ways in which Shakespeare’s poems and plays were printed and published, bought and sold, and collected and catalogued. The items have been selected from the University of Iowa Special Collections Library. In 2016 — four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death — these items were displayed in the Main Library gallery during Shakespeare at Iowa, part of the global centennial celebration of his life and works.

This exhibit explores the books that made Shakespeare: the books he read and used, the books that preserved his works, and the books that shaped his reputation and reshaped his textual afterlives.

CURATED BY ADAM HOOKS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH

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Inside the Gallery