Archive: "Victorian and Edwardian Literature" Category

Comics & Victorians

The library’s newest exhibit, “Comics & Mormons,” features 20th and 21st century examples of comics and graphic novels from Special Collections, but hidden among the rare book collections are older comics from the 19th century.  This post features one of the first British comic strips, “Ally Sloper.” The recurring character “Ally Sloper” first appeared in …

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New Exhibit: The Tale of Beatrix Potter

Special Collections’ newest small exhibit, The Tale of Beatrix Potter, commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. The exhibit, which runs through the end of August, was curated by the Spring/Summer Special Collections interns. Beatrix Potter was born in 1866 in the United Kingdom. In her earliest years, she proved to be …

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Arthur Rackham exhibit

Special Collections’ newest small exhibit features the work of late 19th/early 20th century illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). Rackham’s art graced the pages of many beloved works of late Victorian and Edwardian literature, such as Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and The Wind in the Willows.  Arthur Rackham: His Art and Imagination features over a dozen …

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A Brontë Bicentennial

2016 kicks off a four-year commemoration of the life and works of siblings Charlotte (1816-1855), Branwell (1817-1848), Emily (1818-1848) and Anne Brontë (1820-1849). During the month of May, Special Collections will exhibit first editions of the Brontë sisters’ poems and novels. The exhibit will also examine how the Brontë family was memorialized in the 19th …

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Irish literature in Special Collections

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with a book of Irish literature! Special Collections owns many first editions of literary works by Irish writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, from prolific novelist Charles Lever to modernist provocateur James Joyce. Here are a few suggestions to get your celebration started, whatever your literary taste: Start traditionally …

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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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Finding Wonderland exhibit

“Finding Wonderland: 150 Years of Lewis Carroll’s Alice” is Special Collections’ latest small exhibit, on display in the reference area through the end of January. It features a facsimile of Lewis Carroll’s manuscript and Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations for the original edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as the work of 2oth and …

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Rudyard Kipling

Dec. 30 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of British author Rudyard Kipling, the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Born in India and educated in England, Kipling showed early brilliance as a writer of short fiction. His first works appeared while working as a journalist for English-language newspapers in …

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Victorian Book of the Month: Introducing the Victoria R.I. Bibliography

The HBLL has recently launched the Victoria R.I. Bibliography database, which lists the original bibliographic descriptions for the core of BYU’s Victorian Collection — over 4,000 books, manuscripts and ephemera purchased in 1969 from San Francisco book dealer David Magee. The entries, along with Magee’s descriptive text, can be found at http://lib.byu.edu/collections/victoria-ri-bibliography/about/ or by going …

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