Archive: "American Rare Literary Authors" Category

New sources for American poetry

Special Collections has recently acquired copies of several important 19th and early 20th century anthologies of American poetry and literary criticism. These are wonderful resources for students of  American poetry, providing information about literary reception and canon formation in the 19th century as well as publishing the work of  many long-forgotten poets of the period. …

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New Acquisitions: Literary Criticism and Biography

Looking for new sources on topics in American literature? Here are a few of the latest additions to BYU’s comprehensive collections of authors Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. You will only find them in Special Collections! Christine Gerhardt, A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World. University of Iowa Press, 2014.   Justin Martin, …

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New acquisitions: bestselling 19th century mysteries

Two of Special Collections’ newest additions in the realm of rare literature are groundbreaking mystery novels, one British, the other American. Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (Victorian Collection PR 4809 .H87 M8 1887b) was the best-selling mystery novel of its day. Hume self-published the novel in 1886 while working as a law …

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Religious poetry exhibit

In conjunction with the English Department symposium Illuminating the Word: the Devotional Tradition and the Future of Poetry, Special Collections is displaying the work of major poets working in the genre of religious poetry. Highlights include first editions of poets like Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T.S. Eliot, as well as rare editions of …

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Spooky short stories

Getting in the mood for some spooky Halloween reading? Try some short stories! Here are a few to inspire you from Special Collections: One famous short story collection owned by Special Collections in its first edition is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse. Published in 1846, the collection contains a number of gothic tales …

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Special Collections Authors You’ve Never Heard Of

Part VI: Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) April 18 is another literary anniversary! Journalist and author Richard Harding Davis was born 150 years ago today. His parents were both writers; his father was a Philadelphia newspaper editor and his mother Rebecca Harding Davis was a prolific 19th century (though today, largely forgotten), novelist. Richard Harding Davis …

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Special Collections authors you’ve never heard of

Part IV: Clara Endicott Sears Clara Endicott Sears (1863-1960) was born 150 years ago this month. Sears was a wealthy Bostonian who authored several histories and a few long-forgotten novels. Today, she is best remembered as a preservationist and collector of American folk art and Native American art and artifacts. In 1910, Sears purchased the …

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Special Collections authors you’ve never heard of

Part III: Gene Stratton-Porter This week marks the 150 anniversary of the Indiana-born author Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924). Her interest in nature led her to a career in writing and photography for nature magazines. Stratton-Porter published a dozen novels as well as books of poetry and nature writing. Her novels, especially Freckles (1904) and A Girl …

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New acquisitions: Women’s literature

A brief sampling of literary works by women authors that have recently been added to Special Collections’ holdings: Victorian and Edwardian Literature Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out, first British edition (Vault 823 W88vo 1915) Elizabeth Gaskell, Sylvia’s Lovers (Victorian 823 G212sy 1863) Amelia B. Edwards, My Brother’s Wife (Victorian 821 Ed955my 1855)   American Rare …

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William Wordsworth and the Invention of National Parks

The Lee Library’s newest exhibit features poet William Wordsworth and his impact on American nature writing and environmentalism. Visit the Level 3 Gallery to see rare editions of authors like Wordsworth, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, and the father of America’s national parks, John Muir — all from L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The exhibit is open …

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