William Shakespeare 's Great Plays Essay

1732 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Nearly half of William Shakespeare’s great plays could have been lost forever in the beginning of the sixteenth century if it were not for the First Folio. The First Folio is a collection of Shakespeare’s plays, which has allowed for his stories to live centuries after his death. Generations of people have been able to study his works and memorize his lines because of this one important, historical document. The First Folio undoubtedly could be argued as the most influential book related to English literature. Gallaudet University has recently had this book on display to honor William Shakespeare’s works and life as one of the world’s greatest playwrights to ever live. My peers and I became docents and interpreters this semester to help display the Folio at our school. Hosting the First Folio required plenty of research about its history, hard work interpreting and guiding tours, but ultimately has helped be become a better and more experienced interpreter.
During the month of October Gallaudet University hosted an exhibit of William Shakespeare’s First Folio. The First Folio is a collection of 36 plays written by Shakespeare and put into one volume. Two of Shakespeare’s closest friends and colleagues, John Heminge and Henry Condell edited and published the folio. After Shakespeare died in 1616, his two friends realized that none of his works were properly published, and decided to collect his plays themselves to honor their friend’s name forever. After seven years of…

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