Where the Wild Things Are
I grew up in Philadelphia and remember going to The Rosenbach Museum & Library (one of Canary’s newest clients) many, many moons ago on a school trip. To my young eyes, the building itself was sort of magical - the museum is housed in a historic old house in the Rittenhouse district. After reading up on the museum’s current collection, I’ll definitely have to take another look-see. For all of you literary types, the Rosenbach is home to one of the nation’s great collections of rare books and manuscripts and also serves as a research center and library. Somehow, the museum got their hands on some pretty cool personal items belonging to Nathaniel Hawthorne including his copy of Moby Dick (I wonder if he marked any specific passagesâ€¦) They also have James Joyce’s original manuscript for Ulysses and even Melvilleâ€™s bookcase. For the imaginative visual types, the museum boasts a selection of John Tenniel’s original illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Look-Glass. I always found Tenniel’s drawings to be very intricate and full of wonderment. I’m really looking forward to seeing those in the flesh. Also on the illustration side, are over 10,000 drawings and manuscripts by Maurice Sendak. I remember reading his books as a child and loving the drawings. In the Night Kitchen was my favorite and of course, everyone loves Where the Wild Things Are. If you were ever wondering where the wild things actually are, now you know â€“ theyâ€™re at the Rosenbach! Now that Canary is working with the museum, Iâ€™ll definitely have to check out more of their extensive collection. Oh, and just so youâ€™re in the know, itâ€™s not RosenBACH like the composer but RosenBACK, like well your back.
Submitted by canary on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 11:31am
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