Romeo, Oh Romeo, how I love your First Folio.
Nearly four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is back in the news. Well, not him, but his words.
If you don't know much about John Heminges and Henry Condell, then that's really okay. I wouldn't know them either if I weren't a teacher and a bit of a nerd. These two guys were actors who lived alongside Shakespeare and performed in his plays. Seven years after Shakespeare's death, Heminges and Condell compiled 18 of Shakespeare's plays in giant books called the First Folio. If it weren't for these two underappreciated actors, there would be no As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.
Heminges and Condell printed about 1,000 First Folios. As stated in this article, there are only 232 Folios left, 82 of them living in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Are they worth anything, you ask? The highest price paid for a First Folio was over $6 million dollars in 2001.
Long live Shakespeare, the bard who told every story there was to be told.