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This lecture stems from Dr. Lezlie Cross's in-progress book project which details the publication, sales, and use of Edwin Booth's acting editions of Shakespeare. Booth was the most popular and influential actor in nineteenth-century America and this study of his acting editions provides a rare glimpse into the history of the American theatre and print industry.


Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893; Plays (Shakespeare, William); Shakespeare, William, 1564-1621


Literature in English, British Isles | United States History


The video may be viewed on or by download. The downloadable .mp4 file is 216 MB. This public lecture was delivered in the Lied Library on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as part of a series offered in conjunction with the University Libraries Special Collections First Folio exhibit. From September 1-29, 2016, Special Collections exhibited an original 1623 First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library as part of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. This first-ever national tour of one of the world’s most influential books celebrated 400 years of Shakespeare and his legacy. Special Collections in the Lied Library was the only location in Nevada for the First Folio! National tour.