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Tea at the Castle - SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 3 2018
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Tea at the Castle - SOLD OUT
Salisbury House & Gardens
4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312
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Salisbury House Foundation    515-274-1777
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Tea at the Castle

Escape the winter-time blues to a world away from the ordinary with a proper English afternoon tea accompanied with finger sandwiches, fresh scones, real clotted cream, and irresistible treats. All set among the ambiance of 16th century English grandeur, including hand-carved oak paneling, stained glass, and fine furnishings. 

We are excited to present our featured speaker, Adam Hooks, Associate Professor of English, at the University of Iowa.  Mr. Hooks teaches undergraduate courses on Shakespeare, early modern drama and poetry, and book history. He also teaches graduate courses on Shakespeare and seminars on the theory and practice of working with material texts. Mr. Hooks also has a joint appointment with the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Mr. Hooks is the author of Selling Shakespeare: Biography, Bibliography, and the Book Trade (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Selling Shakespeare tells a new story about Shakespeare's life and career in print, a story centered on the people who created, bought, and sold books in the early modern period. This book offers a new kind of biographical investigation and historicist criticism, one based not on external life documents, nor on the texts of Shakespeare's works, but on the books that were printed, published, sold, circulated, collected, and catalogued under his name. You can learn more at

Mr. Hooks will also talk about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet which we are excited to be presenting at our Shakespeare on the Lawn event this June.

To accompany Mr. Hooks presentation, we will have William Shakespeare books on display from the Salisbury House collections which include a 1632 Second Folio, a 1681 copy of Othello, and a 1703 copy of Hamlet

You will also enjoy live music on the Salisbury House one-of-a-kind Steinway piano. Self-guided tours of Salisbury House will be available after the Tea.

Tea Begins at 1:00 pm. Seats are not assigned.