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Honoring Barbara Palmer
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0499  Wednesday, 14 October 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Subject:    Honoring Barbara Palmer

I was deeply saddened to learn of Barbara's passing and have exchanged 
e-mails with Lysbeth about my affection for Barbara, who was always kind 
to me and supportive of my work. I will miss her greatly, especially at 
SAA luncheons and Blackfriars Conference dinners where I competed with 
her many other friends to spend time with her during those meals.

The post mentions one way that those of us who loved her may honor her 
-- by contributing to the endowment of a prize for best new essay in 
early drama studies in her honor: the Barbara D. Palmer Award. This 
prize was established to honor her "deep commitment to archival research 
and its power to transform interpretation of early modern drama in its 
historical context." Checks can be made payable to the University of 
Toronto, and can be mailed to A.F. Johnston, REED, 150 Charles St. W. 
No. 118, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K9, Canada. This award was announced on 
SHAKSPER in May [http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2009/0271.html].

If I may be so bold as to suggest another way to honor her. Barbara was 
passionate about performance and about the documentary evidence, no 
matter how obscure or seemingly unimportant, that enriches our knowledge 
of early English drama, minstrelsy, and public ceremonial in England, 
Scotland, and Wales before 1642, the documentary evidence gathered for 
the REED project. Those of us at the last Blackfriars Conference 
remember the humorous "REEDing" presentation that was used to announce 
an appeal for REED-USA, Inc. Those interested may wish to contribute to 
REED-USA by credit card online at https://www.reed-usa.org/donate.php. 
For more information, see 
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0766.html and www.read-usa.org.

I for one will miss hearing Barbara tell us about the Welsh camel, the 
Taunton (pronounced "tan-ton") summer pole, the Reverend Sir Tristram 
Tyldesley ("Hoigh!"), and "A Sonnet on the Pittiful Burning of the Globe"

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