Celebration Quotation – January 6, 2016

Today’s quote comes from The Merchant of Venice:

 "How far that little candle throws his beams! So shows a good deed in a naughty world." Merchant of Venice; V.1

The image is a drawing of Frances “Fanny” Kemble – a noted British actress and author, born in 1809.  She was also a staunch abolitionist, due in part to her marriage to Pierce Butler, an American plantation owner whose family was one of the largest slave owners in Georgia.  The journal Fanny kept to chronicle the winter she spent in residence on the Butler plantations became a popular piece of abolitionist literature during the American Civil War.

Finding that she could not be a party to slavery, Kemble left her husband, and was forced to give up custody of her children.  She returned to the stage, spending the last years of her career touring the United States  to perform readings, of Shakespeare’s plays.  Her plantation journals, along with some of her other writings can be found online at the  Harvard University Library Open Collections Program: Women Working 1800–1930.   

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection

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