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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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New critical works on Whitman and Melville

Special Collections’ exhibit “Voices of the Civil War” features Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, who both tried to grapple with the violence and suffering caused by the American Civil War through their poetry. On display are first-edition copies of Whitman’s Drum-taps and Melville’s Battle-Pieces and Aspects of War. The library collects all printed works by …

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Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”

Did you know that Special Collections’ Walt Whitman Collection contains around 80 separate editions of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, including most of the editions issued by the poet during his lifetime? Whitman was constantly revising and reorganizing Leaves of Grass, so a collection of the various editions he released provides scholars with a picture of …

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Literature of the U.S. Civil War

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War.  Special Collections has a variety of archival and rare book collections related to the war, including original letters and photographs, print histories, pamphlets, and other documents and print sources created during the Civil War (1861-1865). The Rare Literature Collections contain many examples …

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New acquisitions for American authors collections

Special Collections has comprehensive collections of printed works by and about American authors Louisa May Alcott, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman.  These are some of the newest critical and biographical works we have acquired for these collections: Richard Francis, Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia (2010) Susan Cheever, Louisa May Alcott (2010) …

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Literary Worlds: Illumination of the Mind

Authors from the Victorian era to modern times are highlighted including Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Arthur Conan Doyle, Orson F. Whitney, Orson Scott Card, Zane Grey, Leslie Norris and Jessica Day George.

Literary nurses

In conjunction with the opening of the Florence Nightingale exhibit on Floor 3 of the HBLL, which features a number of rare books and manuscripts from Special Collections,  I’d like to highlight the work of  several authors who served as nurses in the American Civil War. Clara Barton was a Civil War nurse who was …

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New critical works on Walt Whitman

The following scholarly monographs have recently been purchased for the Whitman Collection.   They are the newest additions to the hundreds of unique holdings by and about Whitman here at BYU Special Collections. Ronald Knapp, Of life immense: the prophetic vision of Walt Whitman.  Outskirts Press, 2008. A study of Whitman’s belief in universal religion. J. …

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New resources for the literary author collections

BYU actively collects works by and about five British and American literary authors: William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, Herman Melville, Louisa May Alcott, and Walt Whitman. To help researchers better explore the contents of these collections, Special Collections is adding new resources to our website. Each of the pages for the five author collections will soon …

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