In Memoriam: Barbara Adams Mowat

Co-editor of the Folger Editions passes away at 83

Barbara Adams Mowat, former chair of the Folger Institute, has passed away at the age of 83.

Dr. Barbara Mowat, co-editor of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions, consulting editor at Shakespeare Quarterly and former director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, former editor of Shakespeare Quarterly and former chair of the Folger Institute, passed away on November 24, 2017. She was 83. The funeral service took place November 29.

Barbara was a remarkable member of the Folger community and the global Shakespearean community. There was no more vigorous advocate for William Shakespeare’s works. As a scholar, a leader, and a teacher, she pursued this work with an unending enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s plays and poems and their continuing impact on our world.

Although Barbara’s accomplishments were many, she is surely best known as editor, with Paul Werstine, of the Folger Shakespeare Library Editions of Shakespeare’s works. To date, more than 17 million of these books have been sold in all formats and the editions have become the leading choice for American high-school students as well as many other readers. 

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