Digitizing Dickinson (and Shakespeare)

In keeping with Amherst’s motto, Terras Irradient, the new Amherst College Press is part of a broader effort at the college to make in­formation more widely available online.

The Folger Shakespeare Library (which is administered under the auspices of Amherst) has just released—online and for free—“meticulously edited” versions of the 12 most popular Shakespeare plays. Folger Director Michael Witmore believes the texts will become “the electronic edition of record for Shakespeare’s plays.” More digitized plays and poems are forthcoming.

The Folger Gets a New Director

By Emily Gold Boutilier

The new director of the Folger Shakespeare Library is a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts.

Michael Witmore, 43, a scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature, joined the Folger—which is administered under the auspices of Amherst College—in July. He succeeds Gail Kern Paster, who retired after nine years. 

Visit the Folger Shakespeare Library

From King James to Charlie Brown

By Katherine Duke '05

The Great First Folio Caper

Folger Shakespeare Library Taps New Director

Folger Shakespeare Library Names New Director

April 27, 2011

Washington, D.C.—Michael Witmore, a scholar of Shakespeare and early modern literature as well as a pioneer in the digital analysis of Shakespeare’s texts, has been named director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the sixth in the library’s 79-year history.

The Folger’s own Ariel

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