Shakespeare in Miniature, an exhibit of Bard-inspired mini books, is now on view in the display cases near Olin Library’s Ginkgo Room. Featuring miniature books from the collection of longtime library friend and donor Julian Edison, the exhibit includes a wonderfully broad range of creative responses—each about three inches in height, width, and thickness—to the work of Shakespeare. From the playful (a pop-up version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to the unexpected (Morse-code translations of the Sonnets), the books offer fresh perspectives on the great man and his canon.
“The bulk of Shakespeare’s literary work was designed for performance, not for print,” writes English major Lydia Zoells, who contributed text for the exhibit as part of her Book History class. “Yet these plays have been passed down to us largely in the form of books, and it is in books—very small ones—that we celebrate Shakespeare’s work in this exhibit.”
Shakespeare in Miniature will be on display through April.