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    Gabriel Ready is an independent researcher whose published work focuses on Shakespeare’s First Folio.

    Four papers by Gabriel appear in the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship’s Brief Chronicles edition of The First Folio: A Shakespearean Enigma (2023), a volume celebrating the 400th anniversary of the First Folio. Two of the papers are new: a historiographic survey of the First Folio from the last 400 years titled “History of Fixing” and a book review of Chris Laoutaris’s Shakespeare’s Book: The Story Behind the First Folio and the Making of Shakespeare.

    Gabriel solved a centuries-old problem in “Model of Disorder,” explaining why the preliminaries section of the First Folio was designed with options for assembly and how the first 18 pages are found today in several distinct sequential orders.

    Gabriel lives in Ottawa, Ontario.


    MA, English literature, University of Ottawa, 1998

    BA, English literature, Laurentian University, 1996

    Other Publications

    “History of Fixing: On the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio”, Brief Chronicles edition of The First Folio: A Shakespearean Enigma (2023)

    Shakespeare’s Book by Chris Laoutaris: Book Review by Gabriel Ready”, Brief Chronicles edition of The First Folio: A Shakespearean Enigma (2023)

    “The Production of the First Folio Reconsidered”, The Oxfordian, Volume 23 (September 2021)

    “A Prologue Arm’d: The Printing of Troilus and Cressida in the First Folio”, Shakespeare Oxford Newsletter (August 2021)

    “Model of Disorder: The Story of Alternative First Folios”, Humanities Commons, CORE (July 2020)

    “The Knotty Wrong-side: Another Spanish Connection to the First Folio”, The Oxfordian, Volume 20 (September 2018)

    “Honest Ben and the Two Tribes He Hath Left Us”, The Oxfordian, Volume 17 (September 2015)

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