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The Book of William by Paul  Collins
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Dec 21, 09

bookshelves: 2009-new-reads
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Laurie AB
Read in December, 2009

This was lovely, Collins reviews the history of Shakespeare's First Folio from the time of its publication up through its status today of the world's most collectible book (w/ price tag to match). I think booky people -- people who not only read, but love to literally get their hands on books -- would be especially interested in this, although in a way it was strangely UNsatisfying because it's not as if I'm ever going to own one. The chapter on Shakepeare in Japanese culture could be the basis for a whole different book.

This would be a terrific companion piece to Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare which I read last year and enjoyed immensely, and it has a similar effect of making you nostalgic for your high school Shakespeare class (with Miss Bangeter?).

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