Thursday, 8 April 2010

Theodore Roosevelt: an affectionate family man

Theodore Roosevelt: an affectionate family man
CNN reported, yesterday, on the upcoming sale of a rare letter written by President Theodore Roosevelt to his youngest son, Quentin, who was six years old at the time. The letter is dated 1903 and was sent by Roosevelt during a trip to Yellowstone National Park. The letter is due to be auctioned by the Raab Collection and is expected to fetch $25,000 (£16,500). The existence of the letter was previously unknown until its recent discovery in the possession of a family friend of the Roosevelt family.
For further information visit the website of the Raab Collection.
In If You Go Down to the Woods Today... Mark Byrant describes the origins of the teddy bear in a political cartoon concerning Theodore Roosevelt published in the Washington Post in 1902.

Shakespearian cesspit
The Telegraph reports on the latest research by a team led by Birmingham Archaeology, which is excavating the ruins of New Place, William Shakespeare’s former residence in Stratford-upon-Avon. New Place was Shakespeare’s final home in which he died in 1616. 250 years ago, in 1759, it was demolished by then owner, Rev. Gastrell. However, it is believed that much of the original remains could lie buried beneath the ruins. Archaeologists currently excavating the site believe that they may have discovered remains of a rubbish dump or cesspit used by the playwright.
The aims of the current excavations are described in a press release on the website of Birmingham Archaeology.
At the end of March, Birmingham Archaeology launched ‘Dig For Shakespeare’, a project designed to give visitors a close-up view of the excavation work.
The latest updates are available on
Much controversy remains surrounding the true identity of the bard. In Who Was Shakespeare? William Rubinstein examines the controversy surrounding Shakespeare’s identity.
In The Head that Wears the Crown John Adler explores the changing interpretation of Shakespeare’s history plays on stage.

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