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University Library hosts Shakespeare lecture and exhibit

In preparation for the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) return to Ann Arbor for a three-week residency in March, the Special Collections Library has mounted a new exhibit entitled "Illustrating Shakespeare."
© Leonard Baskin. Used with premission

To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, a lecture by curator Nancy Reinhardt will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Reinhardt will discuss the major themes of the exhibit. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit draws from the rich Shakespeare Collection of the University Library's Special Collections Library, providing a historical overview of book illustrations of scenes and characters from Shakespeare's plays. Included are materials that emphasize the changing interpretations of the plays over the last 200 years, as well as the relationships between illustrations and dramatic text. The exhibit will be available for viewing through March 16.

The Special Collections Library is on the seventh floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library. Hours are 10 a.m.—5 p.m. Monday—Friday, and 10 a.m.—noon Saturday. For more information about the exhibit or the Special Collections Library, call (734) 764-9377 or visit http://www.lib.umich. edu/spec-coll/.

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