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"The Shakespeare Gallery" at the Folger
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0164  Monday, 1 February 1999.

[1]     From:   Jerry Bangham" <
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        Date:   Saturday, 30 Jan 1999 10:18:29 -0600
        Subj:   "The Shakespeare Gallery" at the Folger

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        Date:   Saturday, 30 Jan 1999 21:04:03 EST
        Subj:   Interesting article


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From:           Jerry Bangham" <
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Date:           Saturday, 30 Jan 1999 10:18:29 -0600
Subject:        "The Shakespeare Gallery" at the Folger

There is an interesting story that may be read online at:

http://cnn.com/US/9901/30/ComputerizedShakespea.ap/index.html

The article about "The Shakespeare Gallery" from CNN refers to an
interactive computer exhibit at the Folger.

The Folger site may be found at http://www.folger.edu/welcome.htm, but I
don't see anything about the new exhibit there.

Jerry Bangham

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From:           Bruce Fenton <
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Date:           Saturday, 30 Jan 1999 21:04:03 EST
Subject:        Interesting article

Hello all,

I thought you might find the following of interest.

Computer Opens Library Treasures

c. The Associated Press

By CARL HARTMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Shakespeare lovers now can use computers to view
centuries-old pages from the first published edition of the playwright's
works, once restricted to authorized scholars.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, one of the world's most important
collections, has 79 complete copies of the First Folio, the first
complete edition of his plays. But they are more than 375 years old and
even scholars need a good reason to touch them or turn the pages.

Since Thursday, a new multimedia exhibit called "The Shakespeare
Gallery" has enabled tourists to turn at least 13 pages. The exhibit has
240 digitized color images of the Folger's treasures relating to
Shakespeare and his times.

There is a letter that Queen Elizabeth I-one of his first admirers-
written in her own hand to King Henri IV of France. It is not about
Shakespeare, but about the possibility of assassination and other
dangers to monarchs.

The program includes 55 illustrated quotations from Shakespeare, recited
as they appear on the screen by well-known actors including Ed Gero and
Floyd King. Both are appearing in the Washington Shakespeare Theatre's
production of the rarely seen "King John."

There also is music of the period, sung by the Folger Consort, a musical
group.

A pop-up glossary helps users frustrated by the language. The most
difficult words appear on the screen in red, with a quick link to the
definitions.

A user-friendly text asks the viewer "Would you like to hear more about
Ben Jonson?" before flooding the screen with text about that poet. He is
said to have been a drinking companion of Shakespeare and wrote an
admiring poem that can be seen in the First Folio.

"The Shakespeare Gallery" is meant to be used by visitors, not scholars.
It can be seen by about 40 people at once. Nina Tovish, who designed it,
estimates that it would take at least a day to go through all the links.

"We thought it would be a raging success if people spent 15 minutes on
it," she said in an interview, "but we find that it's hard to tear some
people away."

The Shakespeare program can be experienced on two terminals in the
library's exhibition hall.

Parts of the program may one day be reachable through the Folger's
Internet site, but Ms. Tovish said relatively few computer buffs now
have the equipment to get the full benefit of it.

Bruce Fenton
www.atlanticifinancial.com
 

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