Collecting Shakespeare: The Henry & Emily Folger Story
By Stephen H. Grant
Johns Hopkins University Press (April 2014)
Hardcover and Ebook editions available everywhere
COLLECTING SHAKESPEARE was published to coincide with Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, which also marked 82 years since the ground-breaking of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, one of the premier independent research libraries in America. In the 1930s, when Henry and Emily Folger created and started building the Library, it was the largest philanthropic literary and arts gift to the United States public.
"...Stephen H. Grant provides not just a biography of the 'onlie begetters' of this astonishing library, but also an account of the worlds in which the Folgers lived. The result is a superlative book, one that ranges from Amherst College in the 19th century to the gilded age of Standard Oil to the glory days of high-end book collecting."
Michael Dirda, The Washington Post, April 24, 2014
This is the fifth book written by Stephen H. Grant. Stephen's interest in Henry and Emily Folger began when he was a U.S. foreign service officer in Africa and he started to write about Peter Strickland, an early American diplomat. This led him to Nantucket, where he learned about the Folger ancestors and about Henry's connection to Stephen's alma mater, Amherst College, then to Emily at Vassar, Henry at Standard Oil, and the making of fortune the couple spent giving Shakespeare to the American public.