Congratulations to Dr Ben Higgins who has been announced as joint winner of the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award for his book Shakespeare’s Syndicate: The First Folio, its Publishers, and the Early Modern Book Trade (Oxford University Press, 2022) alongside Noémie Ndiaye’s Scripts of Blackness: Early Modern Performance Culture and the Making of Race (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022).
The Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award is given biennially to a scholar whose first book has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
The judges commented: “We didn’t expect there was a whole new story about the First Folio awaiting Ben Higgins’s exceptional narrative eye and analytical mind. His Shakespeare’s Syndicate weaves an astonishing story of literary ambition and business acumen from the lives of the four stationers responsible for Shakespeare’s collected works, and makes the bookish world of early modern London live again in the folio’s anniversary year.”
Find out more on the Shakespeare's Globe website.