National Geographic : 1951 Sep
Zone ofQuiet: Folger Reading Room Isfor Scholars Only Here, inapeaceful re treat intheheart ofthe Nation's busy Capital, ac credited readers canbrowse through thelibrary's rich treasure ofEnglish litera ture. Despite itsmassive size, thereading room (page 419) hastheintimate at mosphere ofaprivate li brary. Double tiers of shelves lining theroom hold many volumes diffi cult tofind elsewhere. Atone end (back ground), astained-glass window depicts the"Seven Ages ofMan" featured in Shakespeare's AsYou Like It.Panels record the phases ofdevelopment as "infant, schoole boy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloone, and old man." The window design isa reproduction ofoneinthe apse oftheHoly Trinity Church inStratford on Avon. [Opposite page] Exterior carvings depict memorable moments from The Mer chant ofVenice, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Richard III, Hamlet, and three other plays.