Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0266. Tuesday, 9 April 1996.
From: John Velz <
Date: Thursday, 4 Apr 1996 21:40:48 +0200
Subject: S. Schoenbaum
What I remember best and most gratefully about S. Schoenbaum, as he liked to
sign himself, was his generous respect for people who were only beginning the
path of scholarship that he had already walked with distinction. I was at the
Folger in 1967 and working on the text of *Julius Caesar*, very insecure in
this dimension of scholarship so new to me. Sam was at the Folger a good deal
at that time, at work on *Shakespeare's Lives* which would appear in 1970.
We talked sometimes in the Founder's Room or at lunch in the old Supreme Court
Cafeteria and he took me seriously when I myself had doubt that I ought to be
taken seriously. He was a good listener and a witty conversationalist, with a
penetrating acuity and a vast store of knowledge about the history of
Shakespeare scholarship. When he invited me to Northwestern to address his
graduate seminar about the design of *Julius Caesar*, it was one of the great
moments of my life. Now, nearly 30 years later, when I remember to honor in
eager beginners the scholars they will become, I sometimes pause to recall Sam
Schoenbaum, who left me a pattern I have tried to follow.
John W. Velz