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Shakespeare would probably be happy if he sees the collection of his works by the Folger Shakespeare Library on the Capitol Hill, Washington DC. A staggering amount would be an understatement, as this independent research library possesses the world?s biggest and most extensive printed works of the late great bard.

The library opened in 1932, two years after the death of its founder, Henry Clay Folger. In the present, the library is privately funded and managed by the Trustees of Amherst College. Aside from works of Shakespeare, the library is also the repository of printed works and other documents from the early modern period, which covers the date 1500-1750.

The library is famous for its marble fa?ade adorned with bas-relief sculptures of scenes from Shakespeare?s plays. For its cultural importance, the library was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1969.
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