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From the Folger: Shakespeare Plus: Black women Shakespeareans, valentines, frog bones, espionage, and more
Women Shakespeareans in America, 1821 – 1960
1821 and 1960, it would have been vanishingly rare to
see a Black woman onstage performing Shakespeare in the
United States. Joyce Green MacDonald shares the stories
of four of these women on the Folger's Shakespeare
if Oberon, instead of dripping flower nectar on Titania’s
eyes in A Midsummer Night's Dream, slipped a
frog-bone ring onto her finger. That would be closer to
a love charm found in a 16th-century book of magic, or
grimoire, in the Folger collection.
"My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my
love as deep. The more I give to thee, the more I have, for
both are infinite." (Romeo and Juliet)
As February 14 approaches, take a look at our
collection of beautifully illustrated Shakespeare
valentines. Overwhelmed by choice? Use our quiz to find a
valentine that fits what you need, whether for a friend,
family member, or that special someone. For more
inspiration, we've gathered 20 quotes about love from
Shakespeare's plays and poems.