Manna from Heaven

Posted By on March 29, 2011

As regular readers are aware, I have been holding off from making use of any of the many photos from the de Vere Bible in my possession until such time as I could cover the fees requested by the Folger Library for their use.

As fate would have it, a long delayed package arrived today from England in my Baltimore office on North Avenue. By all accounts this was its fourth voyage across the Atlantic in search of a recipient.

It contained not only a copy of  the delightfully appointed new publication on the Cobb portrait (on which, of course, more anon)  issued by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust fund under the imprimatur of several leading scholars, among them none other than James Shapiro and Stanley Wells, but also a check for $200 dollars to support the purchase of rights to reproduce the first of said Folger images.

Since the sender did not give me permission to use her official  name in public, I will for the present conceal her identity but simply add, “thank you ~~~little^raft^^in the  ~~rapids^^^.”  — And FINISH that DISS, hear me?

I do remember that incredibly tall beer. Your boat has arrived and your gift will not go unclaimed.

Everyone else, look for some photos soon.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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