Library Exhibit Commemorates Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

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On April 23, 2014, the world will celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. 

“Though the parish registry at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon only lists a christening date (April 26, 1564) and a death date (April 23, 1616), for centuries scholars and fans have chosen St. George’s Day, April 23, as the day for celebrating the birth of Stratford’s most famous son,” explains Meredith College’s resident Shakespeare expert, Dean of the School of the Arts and Humanities Garry Walton.

On Tuesday, April 22, Walton talked with host Tom Kearney on WPTF Radio about William Shakespeare, his place in American culture, and why he is both essential and overemphasized in the current world of education and theatre. The Tom Kearney Show airs at 9 p.m. on AM 680 in the Triangle area. Listen to the show on the WPTF archive.

Meredith’s Carlyle Campbell Library offers an exhibit in honor of this Shakespearean anniversary. Featured are facsimile copies of the first published works, known as quartos and folios; accounts of notable Meredith productions of Shakespeare, including the first (Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1900); and dozens of filmed productions of Shakespeare’s plays now available from the library or the Department of English. The display also includes a host of memorabilia from bath toys to Band-Aids to busts and graphic novels and role-playing games and “choose your own adventure” versions of the plays.

The exhibit is located in the entry of Carlyle Campbell Library.

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