The first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, otherwise known as the First Folio, turns 400 this year! Assembled by his fellow actors after Shakespeare’s death, this edition contains 36 of his plays organized by comedy, history, and tragedy. In this article Writer’s Relief found on TheConversation.com, we learn how this collection preserved such noteworthy plays as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest for future generations. Without the First Folio, his plays may have fallen into obscurity, and there wouldn’t be Shakespeare festivals around the world today!
Click here to learn more about how the First Folio shaped the canon of Shakespeare’s plays and why this is so important to modern literature.