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Stanford Bookstore Meet the Author: Stephen H. Grant, "Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger"
Join us for a book event with Stephen H. Grant for his book, "Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emly Folger." He will be talking about his book, answering questions, and commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
In Collecting Shakespeare, Stephen H. Grant recounts the American success story
of Henry and Emily Folger of Brooklyn, a couple who were devoted to each other, in
love with Shakespeare, and bitten by the collecting bug.
Shortly after marrying in 1885, the Folgers started buying, cataloging, and storing all manner of items about Shakespeare and his era. Emily earned a master's degree in Shakespeare studies. The frugal couple worked passionately as a tight-knit team during the Gilded Age, financing their hobby with the fortune Henry earned as president of Standard Oil Company of New York, where he was a trusted associate of John D. Rockefeller Sr.