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Shakespeare’s Library: Sources and Texts

11 November 2021- 4 April 2022

Discover how Shakespeare’s library of classical literature, historical chronicles, and religious texts helped shape and influence his poetic and dramatic works.  

This exhibition considers the impact writers (past and present) had upon Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. Just how great an influence were classical writers such as Ovid and Plutarch? How did 16th century historical chronicles shape Shakespeare’s reinterpretations of King Lear and Richard III? What impact did the Bible and influential Humanist thinkers of the Renaissance have on the characters portrayed in Shakespeare’s plays?

Explore the influences of Shakespeare through this exhibition which showcases sources from the University’s Archives & Special Collections.  Items on display include an original fourth folio, the manuscript Brut Chronicle and David Garrick’s annotated copy of King Lear.

Key Information

Run from 11 November 2021 to 4 April 2022

Open every day from 9.30am-4.30pm (excluding public holidays and University closure days)

Located in the David Wilson Library, basement. Entry to the Library is free but security controlled. Ask for admission to the Special Collections exhibition at reception. Admission includes a complimentary exhibition brochure (supplies limited).

For more information email call 0116 252 2056. 

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Centre for International Training and Education (CITE) and the Division of Library and Learning Services.