Shakespeare Unbound

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio

A campuswide special exhibit, Shakespeare Unbound is a series of exhibits and events curated and hosted by the University Libraries and the Kinney Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, on display through May 2024 in the Du Bois Library and the Kinney Center. Curated by Professor of English Joe Black, Special Collections archivist Kirstin Kay, and Professor of English and Kinny Center Director Marjorie Rubright, the exhibit marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the First Folio of William Shakespeare’s plays. In the Du Bois Library, the oldest works are on display in the reading room of the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center, including individual plays from the First Folio and complete Second, Third, and Fourth Folios. On the lower level of the library, the works of W. E. B. Du Bois, Phillis Wheatley and others are joined in conversation with Shakespeare’s works.

Shakespeare Unbound is made possible through the generous loan to the university of a private collection of rare books in honor of the collector’s lifelong friendship with former UMass Amherst Professor Pieter Elgers.

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