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(US) Los Angeles Times: "Race, inequality, polarized politics: Why Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio matters in 2016" (Charles McNulty, 12 June 2016)

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"A precious First Folio of Shakespeare plays, one of several on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has arrived at the San Diego Central Library, where it will remain for the next month in a glass case under the watchful eye of a friendly (but don’t test him) security guard.

This volume of 36 plays from 1623 represents the first collection of the author’s dramatic writing. Many of the dramas, including “Macbeth,” “As You Like It” and “The Tempest,” were published for the first time in this edition. Without this publication, some of the greatest masterpieces of dramatic literature might have been lost. ...

The story behind the First Folio, which came out seven years after Shakespeare’s death, opens a window onto the way authorship is processed and transmitted. But the plays are undeniably the thing, and anything that brings us closer to them performs an invaluable service. ..."

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