Rare Shakespeare First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world that was recently discovered, authenticated as genuine

Shakespeare First Folio was discovered on Scottish island

A copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, was last month discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island. On April 7, Emma Smith, professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University, travelled to Mount Stuart on the Isle of Butea and authenticated the First Folio as genuine. The discovery comes on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.


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William Shakespeare turns 450

Happy 450th birthday William Shakespeare!

Today 23rd April is widely regarded as William Shakespeare’s birthday. Shakespeare is one of the most well known and influential playwrights of our time. Though little is known about William Shakespeare’s personal life, his works such as “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “King Lear,” have influenced literature and theater for over 400 years.

Most of us will have quoted the playwright thousands of times without knowing it. Ever been “in a pickle” or had “too much of a good thing”? Perhaps friends have “eaten (you) out of house and home” or had you “in stitches” over a joke. These are just a handful of well-used sayings that come courtesy of Shakespeare. READ MORE