The Poet and The Bard

Dickinson once wrote of William Shakespeare, "Why need we read anything else but him?"

On this new tour, we will explore the Dickinson family houses - the Homestead and the Evergreens - where Shakespeare became an invisible but important guest. At a young age Dickinson began a lifelong relationship with the works of the Bard and his poetry and plays were one of the most important traceable influences on her own writing. She encountered Shakespeare at a pivotal historical moment. In Amherst, during Dickinson’s lifetime, perceptions of the Bard changed from condemnation to acceptance and finally to celebration. Through her close reading of his works, Dickinson engaged Shakespeare in a conversation about poetry that crossed two centuries, one ocean, nationality, and gender - a conversation that helped her to value her own poetic impulses.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. This program is part of a series surrounding the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC, on view in May at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College To find out more about the programs surrounding First Folio! click hereFirst Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, and other generous donors.

Upcoming tour dates: August 21 at 9am, September 11 and October 23 at 10am
Admission is $15 nonmember adults, $10 museum members, $5 students K-12

Advance reservations for tour tickets are strongly recommended and can be requested here.