Charles Elliott

Prime Mover

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio

By Andrea Mays

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I’m not sure I’m ready to call book collecting pathological, especially in view of the fact that I’m a book collector myself, but, after reading the story of Henry Folger, I may be swayed. You have to have doubts about anyone who devotes his entire life to collecting as many copies of a single book as Folger did.

Of course, as Folger (or his wife, Emily, who was as devoted to the chase as her husband) would have been the first to tell you,

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