Lecture: Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio Goes Viral


Sep. 18, 2016, 2pm to 4pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Goldfield Room


"The Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio Goes Viral"

Eric Rasmussen, foundation professor and chair of English at the University of Nevada, Reno​

In November of 2014, within hours after the Saint-Omer copy of the Shakespeare First Folio was discovered at a public library in the north of France had been authenticated by Professor Eric Rasmussen, news of its discovery ‘went viral’, receiving an astonishing 12.5 billion online page views worldwide, and occasioning widespread claims that the volume proved that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic. Professor Rasmussen will provide a fascinating insiders’ account of these extraordinary events.

Eric Rasmussen, foundation professor and chair of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been called "the Robert Langdon of the Shakespearean world" by the Washington Post. His narrative account of The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios (Palgrave) was serialized by both the London Sunday Times and Australia’s national newspaper, The Age, and has been translated into Portuguese and Japanese. He co-edited The Royal Shakespeare Company's Collaborative Plays by William Shakespeare and Others, The Shakespeare First Folios: A Descriptive Catalogue, and The Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works of William Shakespeare. He received the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespearean Book of the Year from PlayShakespeare.com in 2007, 2012, and again in 2013. Rasmussen has served on the board of trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America and the council of the Malone Society. He is currently a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and of the Internet Shakespeare Editions Project.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

To attend, please RSVP beginning Aug. 10. 

Contact Information

UNLV University Libraries Special Collections

External Sponsor

UNLV University Libraries and the Great Works Academic Certificate Program