The First Folio is a literary icon and is the version of Shakespeare's text preferred by many actors and directors.

This famous text was lovingly assembled by Shakespeare's fellow-actors after his death in 1623. Here are some resources to introduce The First Folio and explain some of its history.

Engraving of Shakespeare's head and shoulders
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Case for the folio (PDF)

A leading Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature gives a detailed account for scholars and advanced students of the textual issues and choices facing the Shakespeare editor.  

Developed with Macmillan and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

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