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Rethinking the 'False Folio'

June’s Research Conversation

Ghosts, rips and scrapes: Rethinking the 'False Folio'

Join us on 9 June for our free online monthly Research Conversation. Taking place on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month, our Research Conversations provide you with the opportunity to attend free, online live sessions and listen to people who are engaged in Shakespeare-related research.

This presentation concerns a famous case in the history of Shakespearian authorship: the so-called ‘Pavier Quartos’, or the “False Folio” as they are sometimes known. Textual expert, Zachary Lesser (a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare) has made a special study of three hundred quarto copies published by Thomas Pavier.

Zachary's research suggests that our traditional narratives about ‘the earliest collection of Shakespeare’s plays’ need to be seriously revised. The ‘Shakespeare’ presented through these 1619 editions is not quite the ‘Shakespeare’ we thought him to be.

Led by Professor Zachary Lesser, Kane Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania.

The event begins with a thirty minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion.


Book online for your free place.

All of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Research Conversations are free, but we encourage donations in order to support our work and keep Shakespeare's story alive.


This event is part of a special US season of Research Conversations between April and June. We are grateful to the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C who has recommended three guest-speakers for this series, and the American Friends of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for their support.

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