Talk show host Stephen Colbert’s foray into children’s books has landed him alongside some exalted literary company.
A playful new exhibit at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library pairs priceless material by James Joyce and Maurice Sendak with, um, perhaps less valuable items used by Colbert to write “I Am A Pole (And So Can You!).”
Colbert’s pens, beer bottles and lunch remnants are certainly not the usual fare for the Rosenbach, the Philadelphia institution that houses the only complete manuscript of Joyce’s “Ulysses.”
But museum officials say the display reinforces their mission to engage and inspire visitors with collections that include papers from Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker and Miguel de Cervantes.
“If I can do that by having Stephen Colbert make a joke about ‘Ulysses,’ why not?” said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.