Shakespeare’s Life after Death: The Ireland Shakespeare Forgeries

Forgery by William Henry Ireland, purporting to be a self-portrait of Shakespeare

The exhibit Shakespeare on Page and Stage: A Celebration (Audubon Room, January 11-April 27, 2016) showcases both the textual and performance history of Shakespeare’s plays. This post looks at a particularly dramatic instance of Shakespeare forgery in the late eighteenth century. William Henry Ireland, the son of publisher and Shakespeare collector Samuel Ireland. Samuel and William Henry Ireland had a relationship that was strained at best, and as a young man, William Henry wished desperately...

This week in Shapiro: April 25-May 1, 2016

Lattice wall in Shapiro Lobby with Audubon bird in background and text on a dark digital screen that says, "This week in Shapiro."

This week we welcome CAPS and their Messages of Hope campaign on display on the digital screens. The intention of the campaign is to promote awareness about mental illness, exam time stress, and student suicide via inspirational messages spread throughout campus. CAPS will feature the physical Block M Messages of Hope Installation in the Shapiro Lobby, where students can write inspirational messages to each other on small wooden tiles, take a tile, leave a tile, hang them on the Block M, or...

2016: 400 Years of the Death of Cervantes

Portrait of Miguel de Cervantes by William Kent, copperplate engraving, in Vida y hechos del ingenioso don Quixote de la Mancha (Londres: J. y R. Tonson, 1738)

A day like today, on April 22 , Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra died in Madrid four hundred years ago. To commemorate this date, I have revisited our collection of early editions of Cervantes's works, selecting for this post the eighteenth-century edition of Don Quixote that played a major role to canonize Cervantes as a global literary figure.

Collection Highlights: Drawn from the Classics

Cover image of "Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works," a book featured in this blog post

The AAEL's comics and graphic novels collection also includes scholarship about comics! This post introduces Drawn from the Classics, one of our recent additions to the collection: it's all about graphic adaptations of classic literature. If you're interested in adaptations, we've got everything from ancient epics to Victorian novels to World War II and more!

The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry

Cover of The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry

Cotton Malone, a former navy man and U.S. Justice Department agent, now a rare book dealer, searches for clues to the disappearance of his father in a submarine disaster off the coast of Antarctica, and finds evidence of a lost civilization, possibly thousands of years old.

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