Since my last post, there has been a flurry of media interest around the news of the very real possibility that the copy of the Shakespeare First Folio at the Free Library of Philadelphia once belonged to—and is indeed annotated by—John Milton. Jason Scott-Warren floated this claim on Cambridge’s Centre for Material Texts blog early last week. His post was shared and vetted widely on social media and quickly picked up by the mainstream press.
It has been heartening to see at least some of the coverage pick up on the way Jason was able to identify Milton as the plausible reader of this book, rather than focusing squarely on the discovery. In particular, see the pieces in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times and listen to Jason’s interview on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. For a corrective to some of the reporting that characterizes the book as previously “hidden” and “languishing” in the Free Library, see Free Library rare book curator Caitlin Goodman’s op-ed for The Inquirer.
Click through for a digest of media coverage. I will continue to update this list, so please feel free to contact me if you come across an article, radio bit, or TV segment not listed.Read More