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A Source for Shakespeare’s History

If you’re commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt this weekend, chances are your knowledge of this English victory comes from Shakespeare’s famous history play The Life of King Henry V. But where did Shakespeare get his information about the 15th century battle? The major source for Shakespeare’s historical information was probably Raphael... Continue reading “A Source for Shakespeare’s History”

Fall 2012 Exhibit: Faithfully English’d: Classical Literature in Translation

Detail from the engraved title page of George Chapman’s The Whole Works of Homer (1616) Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold… John Keats, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s... Continue reading “Fall 2012 Exhibit: Faithfully English’d: Classical Literature in Translation”

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, First Quarto Edition

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar First Quarto Edition (1684) Eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays were published in quarto editions – individual plays printed in small format – prior to the 1623 first collected edition (first folio) of Shakespeare’s works. Julius Caesar was not published in quarto until much later: the first edition, of which ZSR’s Special Collections holds... Continue reading “Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, First Quarto Edition”