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Folger Focus: Why are Shakespeare, Elvis and the King James Bible together here?

November 09, 2011

From Contemporary Christian Travel by Ruth Hill

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2011 – Why would a Bible that commands adultery, a copy of the Good Book that belonged to the most exalted pop singer in history, and Shakespeare’s creative genius be together at DC’s Folger Shakespeare Library?

For answers, there’s the current exhibit “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” which highlights the translation’s creation and formidable contributions to the English-speaking world in particular. It’s in DC until January 15 when it begins traveling to multiple cities around the U.S.

The King James Bible was released to the world in 1611 when William Shakespeare was at his creative zenith. So it’s only fitting that the Folger would join the world in celebrating this 400th anniversary year by mounting the exhibition that’s a collaboration with the University of Oxford’s famed Bodleian Library.

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