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10-2016

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The Endurance of Shakespeare's Magnificent First Folio

Somewhere in the high desert, traveling toward Boise, inside a specially-constructed case, accompanied by a personal courier, sits a book. It's 393 years old, 630 pages long, and on the open market it's worth more than $5 million.

A New Shakespeare First Folio Every Six Years?

The unexpected recent discovery of a Shakespeare First Folio in the public library of a northern French town has raised questions about how many were originally printed (estimated to be 750), how many still exist (now 233), and how often such books come to light. If recent history is any guide, the answer to the last question appears to be once every six years.

Providence for the Festival: Scenes from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's First Forty Years

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival turned 40 this summer. In that time, it has grown from humble beginnings in downtown Boise to a nationally recognized and respected regional theatre company. That our city has been included in a national tour of the First Folio on that anniversary would seem to be, to some measure at least, a mark of that success. And just as the Bard offered up his stories for the Folio, it seems fitting to offer up a few tales of our own. The following are three excerpts from my history of ISF, With Our Good Will, published by Caxton Press.

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This document was originally published in Idaho Center for the Book Newsletter, volume 23, issue 2, by the Idaho Center for the Book, and includes the following articles:

Doerr, A. (2016). The Endurance of Shakespeare's Magnificent First Folio. Idaho Center for the Book, 23(2).

Rasmussen, E.. (2016). A New Shakespeare First Folio Every Six Years?. Idaho Center for the Book, 23(2).

Copsey, D. (2016). Providence for the Festival: Scenes from Idaho Shakespeare Festival's First Forty Years. Idaho Center for the Book, 23(2).

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