I’ve just finished reading Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, a wonderful post-apocalyptic novel with a strong Shakespearean bent – it starts with a performance of King Lear and much of the plot concerns a travelling orchestra and troupe of players who put on the works of Shakespeare.
The Folger library is home to 82 first folios – one third of all the surviving copies* and the largest single collection in the world. So naturally I made a beeline there on my first day in Washington…
The release date for Bill (see previous post) has been pushed back to August, so I’m having to wait with bated breath a little longer for some comedy biopic Shakespearean stylings. In the meantime I am making do with Horrible Histories, a guilty pleasure. In case you haven’t encountered it, please enjoy my favourite song – the RAF pilots. What’s that, you say? It’s not Shakespeare related? OK, have the Cleopatra one instead…
I’m sure you’ve all seen Country Life’s earth-shattering scoop* where they claim to have found an engraving of William Shakespeare – which if true would be the only likeness of Shakespeare created during his lifetime. In case you aren’t avid subscribers of Country Life** there’s a pretty comprehensive write-up in the Guardian here .
I’m currently in the process of moving laptops – a fraught business which leaves me with a dread of losing all my photos (and I’ve had a digital camera for more than ten years, so that’s a lot of photos) and temporarily unable to properly access all my notes. Hopefully normally service will be resumed by the weekend, and I can tell you all about my trip to the Folger Library in Washington (spoiler alert: I didn’t steal one of their 82 First Folios…)
You might expect me to have written something about the re-interment of Richard III which has taken place today (all this week, really). After all, Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and most quotable characters – as well as being a favourite of mine.