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Iran? Marianne?

I use Wikipedia all the time. It’s handy. Now, I’m not an expert on anything, so relying on an open-source encyclopedia has its dangers. This fact became clear to me when trying to confirm the date of Marianne Moore’s death using Wikipedia. I didn’t get that far in the Moore entry, though because of this …

You Say Tomato, We Say Tomato

When I first stumbled across this letter, I thought I’d found the pronunciation key to the name “Rosenbach.” Here at the Rosenbach Museum & Library we pronounce our founders’ surname “Rosenback,” rhyming it with smack. The lore around here states that Philip and Abraham pronounced it that way. Most everyone else, though, tends to rhyme …

First Folio

Our Librarian, Elizabeth E. Fuller, recently wrote up these notes about the upcoming sale of one of the last Shakespeare First Folios left in private hands: [Note-the image here is of the Rosenbach’s copy of the third folio!] ************* Sotheby’s recently announced that it will offer a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio at auction in …

Black and White

Truman Capote is in the air these days. (I really liked Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote, though I do have a small gripe with the Academy giving Oscars to actors playing celebrities — e.g. Hoffman, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Cate Blanchett, etc. — but that’s another post on another blog.) Forty years ago this November …

Check Us Out!

The news gods smile upon us today with this fantastic NYT Escapes piece by Curtis Sittenfeld. For a museum that has serious “visibility issues,” this is very welcome coverage. Thank you news gods! …and yes, there will be corrections. Most significantly–the Sendak collection is not an “acquisition.” We don’t own it. Mr. Sendak’s drawings are …