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'The Millionaire and the Bard' by Andrea Mays: EW review

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The Millionaire and the Bard

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Andrea Mays
genre:
History

We gave it an A

This literary investigation shows how Gilded Age oil titan Henry Clay Folger’s hoarder-like pursuit of First Folios resulted in the greatest Shakespeare collection in the world. Today those First Folios—more than 70 in all—are secreted away in fireproof underground bunkers at Washington’s Folger Library. The life of a pathological book collector may sound boring, but rest assured, it isn’t. Mays’ narrative is so fast-moving, and peppered with such fascinating detail, that The Millionaire and the Bard almost reads like a thriller. A

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