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Resource Guide: ‘Sweet Sorrow’ by David Nicholls

On June 3, 2021 the Folger hosts its Virtual Book Club, featuring a discussion of ‘Sweet Sorrow’ by David Nicholls. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of resources related to Shakespeare, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and summer performance.


Words, Words, Words: ‘Sweet Sorrow’ by David Nicholls

The Folger’s virtual book club continues on Thursday, June 3 with a discussion of David Nicholls’ ‘Sweet Sorrow.’ To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this tragicomic novel the Washington Post called “a tale of first love that hits all the right notes.”



Resource Guide: ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller

On May 6, 2021 the Folger hosts its Virtual Book Club, featuring a discussion on ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of resources related to Shakespeare and Greek mythology.


Words, Words Words: ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller

The Folger’s virtual book club, Words, Words, Words continues on Thursday, May 6 with a discussion of Madeline Miller’s Circe. To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this award-winning novel about a fascinating figure from Greek mythology. What is Circe about? In the house of Helios, god of the sun… Continue Reading »



Resource Guide: ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness’ by Ethan Hawke

On April 1, 2021 the Folger hosts a discussion on ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness’ by Ethan Hawke. To prepare for the discussion, we have pulled together a list of Folger resources related to Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’ plays, the performance of which forms the background of Hawke’s novel.


Words, Words, Words: ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness’ by Ethan Hawke

The Folger’s virtual book club, Words, Words, Words continues on Thursday, April 1 with a discussion of Ethan Hawke’s ‘A Bright Ray of Darkness.’ To get ready for the conversation, we’ve compiled some introductory information on this compelling story of a young actor balancing the dissolution of his marriage with work on Shakespeare’s Henry IV pt. 1.


Collection Connections: ‘Hag-Seed’

Dr. Emma Poltrack shares the Folger collection items she presented on March 4, 2021 as an introduction to ‘Hag-Seed’ by Margaret Atwood.