In 2017, an expert on BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow was excited by a minuscule 17th-century notebook that bore the name of Shakespeare, but the writing was so tiny it was difficult to read.
Since then, it has been transcribed and studied by leading scholars and its anonymous author has emerged as what is thought to have been the playwright’s first obsessive fan.
The manuscript is so small that it fits into the palm of a hand. Yet its author had crammed 12,500 words into its 48 pages, drawing on hundreds of quotations from Shakespeare’s 36 plays in the first folio, which was published in 1623.
It will be publicly displayed for the first time as part of an exhibition at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. Read the full article in The Guardian...