Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Note: The Shakespeare Thefts

Rasmussen, Eric. The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

I found this book diverting. One of the shining lights of Shakespeare scholarship has written what amounts to a set of memoirs surrounding the First Folio. Though some chapters seem to break off before developing their ideas fully, they all tell interesting stories.

Many of the tales are about Folios that have gone missing. Rasmussen tells the story of the man who claimed to have found a First Folio in Cuba—but who had somehow obtained a copy stolen from Durham University.

Though the book is episodic and, therefore, a bit scattered, I appreciated it—being episodic and a bit scattered myself. It would make a good gift for the Shakespeare aficionado in your life.

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1 comment:

e meritus prauf said...

Episodic makes for perfect in-flight reading. Great gift idea!

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