Esther Vera Howe (Franson), Milwaukee, late 1920s (small) Reviews, Essays, & Illuminants at Troynovant;
listing of Contributor: Vera Howe Franson
  

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A favorite maxim of the lovingly brilliant, prudently daring Vera Howe Franson:
  
  With your shield or on it!

Plutarch
"Sayings of Spartan Women"
Moralia

  
Franson, Vera Howe    (Vera Franson)
  
             Angel's Flight, Los Angeles
  Postcard, 21 August 1952

             Body in the Book, The

             Casa Diego Colon, Trujillo, Dominican Republic
  Postcard, 25 July 1936
             Coolidge Summer White House
  Postcard, aoa 13 August 1928

             Dear Unknown Friend
  Postcard, 21 December 1922

             Jolly Halloween: I wonder!
  Postcard, 31 October 1923

             Milwaukee City Hall
  Postcard, 25 May 1945

  

— correspondence —

             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 8 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 13 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 14 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 21 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 26 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 27 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 29 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 30 March 1944
             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 31 March 1944

             To Wilfred R. Franson
  Charleston Army Air Field, South Carolina
  Letter, 19 April 1944
  

  
[Before Macbeth's castle in Dunsinane, Scotland.]

Macbeth:

                Thou losest labour.
As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed.
Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests;
I bear a charmed life, which must not yield
To one of woman born.

Macduff:

                Despair thy charm,
And let the angel whom thou still hast served
Tell thee Macduff was from his mother's womb
Untimely ripped.
William Shakespeare
Macbeth, 5.10.8-16

  
Esther Vera Howe
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
late 1920s
  

As I was birthed Caesarian style
when still a rare and risky operation,
the exchange I quote from Macbeth
always seemed particularly apropos.

My mother took me to Shakespeare plays
when I was a teenager;
her earlier reading of all the plays
inspired me to later read them all myself.
— RWF
  


  
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