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The hero, the villain, the princess, and the book: stories about the First Folio

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This article establishes a prehistory of the excitement about the discovery of the Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio in a longer narrative of investments in the book’s secrets. Tracing the neglected importance of Baconianism to the establishment of the First Folio’s cultural prominence in the early twentieth century, parallels between the kinds of narratives told by authorship sceptics and by bibliographers are drawn. I argue that the sense that the book encodes mysteries about its own genes...

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In press
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, English Faculty
Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Cahiers Elisabethains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies Journal website
Publication date:
2016-05-05
ISSN:
0184-7678
URN:
uuid:d5e22e4f-da0d-4654-bab6-20e0043c4d5a
Source identifiers:
623542
Local pid:
pubs:623542

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