University's Rasmussen builds on global legacy as Shakespeare expert with recent folio validation

Feb 6, 2015

Dr. Eric Rasmussen, Chair of the University of Nevada, Reno's English Department, is considered a leading world expert on Shakespeare.
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A recent discovery of a 17th century first folio of William Shakespeare has created excitement and added fuel to a long-standing debate among scholars.

The folio was verified by Eric Rasmussen, who is the Foundation Professor and chair of  the University of Nevada, Reno’s English Department. Professor Rassmussen visited with Provost Kevin Carman and KUNR's David Stipech on Beyond the Headlines (2-6-15).

The discovery reignited religion controversy surrounding Shakespeare. Rasmussen has been chosen to curate a British Library Shakespeare exhibit in April 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death.

According to University coverage, it is believed that prior this discovery just 232 of Shakespeare's 800 first folios -- some of the rarest books in the world -- still exist. The first folio is recognized with preserving many of his plays since none of his original manuscripts survived. 

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