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Rare Copy of Shakespeare Folio Found On Scottish Isle

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In exciting news for history buffs and literature lovers, a legit collections of plays by William Shakespeare was found on a Scottish island. The folio was confirmed as authentic Shakespeare by an Oxford University professor.

The collection is known as Shakespeare’s First Folio and contains 36 plays. It was first published back in 1623 and features some of Shakespeare’s most well-known works, including Macbeth and The Tempest.

This particular First Folio is interesting because it includes several blank pages that would have likely been used for illustrations. The presumably means the Bute copy was more than likely a working document. Also there are many  notes and annotations made by the one of the original owners of the folio.

The folio was hiding out Mount Stuart House on the island of Bute according to the news release by the BBC. The folio was acquired in 1786 by literary agent Issac Reed and in 1807 it was sold to a ‘JW’ for £38 ($53) following Reed’s death. From there the folio was pretty much nonexistent until it popped back up in Sidney Lee’s 1906 census of First Folios. Between JW’s acquisition and the census, it became a possession of the stately house, as the Folio is noted in an 1896 catalogue at the Bute library.

Emma Smith, Oxford University professor of Shakespeare studies, authenticated the collection, which in the past has sold for £2.5 million ($3.5 million) and £2.8 million ($3.9 million).

The discovery of this folio brings the number of known copies of the First Folio up to 234. It is currently on display at Mount Stuart House as part of an exhibition honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Gillian Flynn to rewrite “Hamlet”

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“Hamlet” is getting a book reboot. Author Gillian Flynn is planning to write a novel based on the Shakespeare classic to retell the play for contemporary readers.

In case you somehow missed one of the most famous plays in the world, “Hamlet” tells the story of the Prince of Denmark, instructed to avenge the murder of his father by his uncle Claudius, who has married Hamlet’s mother and assumed the throne.

In a statement Flynn said,

Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, madness — all my favorite things. Add to that some of Shakespeare’s most intriguing, curious characters — from the titular brooding prince to rueful Ophelia — and what (slightly cheeky) writer wouldn’t be tempted to reimagine it?”

Flynn’s reworking of “Hamlet” will be a part of the Hogarth series where other famous writers will also rework famous Shakespearean plays. The Hogarth series will launch to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Other writers already tapped include Margaret Atwood (The Tempest),Tracy Chevalier (Othello), Jo Nesbø (Macbeth) and Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew).

No official release date has been announced for the works.