June 2, 2012

As Cole Porter knew, Shakespeare was embedded in post-war American popular culture. “Brush up your Shakespeare,” instructs a “Bowery Waltz” in the 1948 Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate, “Start quoting him now / Brush up your Shakespeare / And the women you will wow.”


Brush up your Shakespeare / words and music by Cole Porter (New York, N.Y. : Buxton Hill Music Corp., c1949).   Sheet music, for voice and piano with chord symbols and diagrams for ukulele, from the collections of the Beinecke Library, Yale University

1 thought on “June 2, 2012

  1. There is an exhibition of miniature Shakespeare-related Designer Bookbindings, called ‘Brush Up your Shakespeare’. It is the collection of Neale Albert, and is at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, in June. I posted details on my website here http://www.dewaldenpress.com/impressions/king-lear-illuminated.html
    Neale Albert is a New York collector who commissioned many beautiful bindings of miniature Shakespeare books from bookbinders around the world.

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