Shakespeare texts donated to Globe Theatre of London

November 9th, 2008 - 1:42 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

John Wolfson pledged more than 450 works by Shakespeare to Globe Theater in London. They are to be hand over after his death.

Mr Wolfson, who is based in New York, a playwright and collector of antiquarian books, which includes 450 works by Shakespeare and other playwrights of 16th, 17th and 18th century who are thought to have influenced Shakespeare. Mr Wolfson has been collecting these priceless writing works over 30 years.

The collection donated to Globe Theater including a rare First Folio edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, and also second-, third- and fourth editions of the Shakespeare folio, and works by Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton and John Ford.

The donation is to be made after Mr. Wolfson’s death to Globe Theater in London. Originally the Globe Theater was built by Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and later destroyed in a fire; the modern reconstruction of the Globe opened in 1997.

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