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| New York, NY, USA | Books & Reading

Customer: “Can you help me find a book?”

Me: “Sure! What’s it called?”

Customer: “It’s Romeo and Juliet, but it’s not by William Shakespeare.”

Me: “Oh! I actually don’t know any other books or plays with that title. Let’s look it up.”

Customer: “Hold on, I have the author’s name somewhere.”

(She digs through her purse and hands me a sheet of paper that says ROMEO AND JULIET (Folger Shakespeare) on it.)

Customer: “It’s like his grandson or something.”

Me: “Sorry, what?”

Customer: “Folger Shakespeare. It’s William Shakespeare’s grandson…or his nephew. He wrote a different version of the play, I guess.”

Me: “Folger Shakespeare actually just refers to the Folger Library version of that play. It’s still by William Shakespeare.”

Customer: “No, it’s his relative! It’s a re-write of the play. I’m a theater student, just trust me on this.”

Me: “Okay. Let me take you over to our Shakespeare section.”

(We walk over to where his entire collection of plays is. It’s full of many different editions.)

Customer: “Wow, he came from a really talented family! Look at all these Shakespeares! So, where’s this Folger guy?”