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Shakespeare’s Letterlocking

  • London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London Bush House (NE) 1.02, 30 Aldwych London, WC2B 4BG United Kingdom (map)

In an age before the modern gummed envelope, how did Shakespeare and his contemporaries fold and secure their letters for delivery? What private codes and security features could they have used to build secrecy and privacy into the very materials of their correspondence, and how might we interpret epistolary scenes in the plays in the light of this knowledge? Find out at a Shakespeare-themed letterlocking session run by Daniel Starza Smith (King’s College London) and Jana Dambrogio (MIT Libraries). Wax, paper, and seals will all be provided! We encourage you to bring along your frite passage from a Shakespeare play in which characters send, receive, or talk about letters. See and follow @letterlocking on Twitter and Instagram for more information.

8 October 2018. Daniel Starza Smith and Jana Dambrogio. London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London, 6pm–8pm, Bush House (NE)1.02.