Plays, Playwrights, and Players: A Selection from the Drama and Theatre Collection

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This exhibit presents rare books, playbills, and posters illustrating the depth of the University Library's drama collections, considered to be among the best in the country. Among other notable items the exhibit includes a first edition of The Workes of Benjamin Johnson published in 1616, a first edition of Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer (1773), Oscar Wilde's Salome, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, and early editions of Sheridan, Fielding, Shakespeare and Coleridge. The exhibit also presents material treating the career of the Booth family of actors-Junius Brutus Booth and his sons, Edwin and John Wilkes. Though Edwin was the better-known actor, John became more famous as Lincoln's assassin. Divided into three sections, focusing on American, English, and Continental materials in turn, the exhibit presents some highlights of the University Library's rich drama collection, which is a notable resource for scholars of drama and theater in particular, and literature and history more generally. This exhibit is occasioned by the opening of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago.