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The Bard is Born

Teleport to Warwickshire with The Bard is Born, a digital exhibition honoring William Shakespeare, the "Bard of Avon." Launched in honor of Shakespeare's birthday (celebrated on April 23), readers can enjoy the exhibition's highlights year-round at the link above. This resource, interspersed with pictures and prose, explores the life and work of the famous writer. The content is categorized in several sections, including Shakespeare's Birth and Birthday, Historical Sources for Henry V, and Boydell's Gallery. These various panels provide historical insights on Shakespeare's upbringing and literary influences, with some fun facts that may be new to even devoted fans. For example, a 1769 "jubilee" celebrating Shakespeare's birthday was widely criticized because "not a single line from Shakespeare was performed." The project is curated by Jill Gage and directed by Diane Dillon. It is supported by the Newberry, Chicago's independent research library, in partnership with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Shakespeare Project of Chicago.
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