Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "The Riddle of Shakespeare"

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This article is about the annual Shakespeare Birthday lecture. For other articles about Shakespeare's Birthday, see Shakespeare's Birthday (disambiguation).

For more past programming from the Folger Institute, please see the article Folger Institute scholarly programs archive.

This was a lecture given by Jorge Luis Borges on 23 April 1976, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Stattler-Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Audio and program of the lecture are held at Univerity of Virginia library archives.

The audio presented here was digitized from an audiocassette; please be aware that in its present form there is a great deal of noise interference. Borges begins speaking at .06.

A transcription with notes can be found here, courtesy of Dr. Grace Tiffany.

Lecturer: Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentine writer who excelled in genres from poetry to essays, as well as working extensively as a translator, screenwriter, and lecturer. At the time of the 1976 Birthday Lecture, Borges was an instructor at the University of Buenos Aires and director of the Argentine National Library. Borges died in 1986.