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The Bard Is Touring the US

Shakespeare's First Folio will travel to all 50 states

(Newser) - William Shakespeare is on a US tour: Or at least his so-called First Folio—the first printed collection of all of the Bard's 36 plays—is, NPR reports. Of some 750 copies printed in 1623, seven years after his death, 233 survive, per NPR. Now, to mark the 400th... More »

Scammer Mutilated Precious Shakespeare Folio

Stolen $6M book ripped up to disguise it

(Newser) - One of the most valuable English-language books in existence is in tatters because of an unemployed book dealer's obsession with a Cuban waitress, prosecutors told a British court yesterday. Raymond Scott stole a 400-year-old first edition of Shakespeare's works from a university exhibition and then ripped out pages and destroyed... More »

Lifetime Portrait of Bard Found

Work is only living painting of the Bard

(Newser) - A family heirloom is thought to be the only surviving portrait of William Shakespeare painted during his life, the Telegraph reports. Art restorer Alex Cobbe noticed that a portrait of the Bard in the Folger Shakespeare library in Washington—known to be a posthumous copy of another work—bore an... More »

Bard-Working Librarians Help Nab Book Thief

Shakespeare folio stolen in England surfaces in Washington

(Newser) - Quick-thinking librarians have helped recover a valuable book of Shakespeare's works stolen from a British university 10 years ago, the Washington Post reports. A man who arrived unannounced at Washington's Folger Shakespeare Library with a copy of the 1623 First Folio set off "alarm bells" with his tale of... More »

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