For our first Shakespeare Seminar of the semester, Friday September 13, Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the Bernard Beckerman Memorial Lecture.
His paper is titled "Ghosts, Holes, Rips and Scrapes: Rethinking the ‘False Folio."
This talk concerns a famous case in the history of Shakespearean authorship: the so-called “Pavier Quartos” of 1619, or the “False Folio” as it is sometimes known. I will discuss new bibliographic findings from my study of more than 300 copies of them, which suggest that our traditional narratives about ‘the earliest collection of Shakespeare’s plays’ need to be seriously revised. Shakespeare in 1619 was not quite who we have thought him to be.
The event will be held in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive. As usual, social hour will be from 5-6, dinner 6-7, and the talk 7-8:30. The cost for dinner, payable by check only, is $30. When you RSVP please indicate whether or not you plan to come to dinner; please give 10 days advance notice.