Archive: "William Wordsworth" Category

Illustrating Wordsworth

Wordsworth’s poetry was rarely illustrated during his lifetime, but after his death, publishers began issuing collections of his poems accompanied by illustration. Some of Great Britain’s top painters and designers, like Albert Henry Warren, Miles Birket Foster and John McWhirter, provided illustrations for these deluxe editions. Here is a very brief sampling of illustrated Wordsworth …

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It is an ancient Mariner . . . exhibit

This month’s Special Collections lobby exhibit, “The Willing Suspension of Disbelief,” is devoted to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” from its first appearance in the 1798 Lyrical Ballads (shown here) to modern illustrated editions. And, since it’s National Poetry Month, you’re invited to a dramatic reading of the poem by the …

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New acquisitions: William Wordsworth and British Romanticism

New additions to the Edward M. Rowe Collection of William Wordsworth include editions of Wordsworth’s poems as well as recently-published critical works and other secondary sources on Romantic literature and Wordsworth’s work. These include: The Prelude: 1805, ed. James Engell (2016). Call number: Rowe Collection PR 5864 .A2 E54 2016.        Mark Offord, …

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Christmas with Dorothy and Louisa

Two recent additions to the literary authors collections are perfect for the upcoming Christmas season! First: A Merry Christmas, and Other Stories (Penguin, 2014) anthologizes Louisa May Alcott’s holiday-themed short fiction and passages from novels like Little Women. There are numerous compilations of Alcott’s Christmas tales in the Alcott Collection, including picture books. Call number: …

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Romantic Poetry in Special Collections

L. Tom Perry Special Collections has acquired extensive collections of Romantic-era authors Robert Burns and William Wordsworth, but there are many other examples of Romantic literature to be found in our vaults. Special Collections Fall 2016 intern Rachel Rackham has put together a guide listing our earliest editions of major Romantic poets like Byron, Coleridge, …

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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan … turn 200

In May of 1816, two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s most famous poems were published in London. Christabel and Kubla Khan – both unfinished fragments – were originally written around 1797. Coleridge had abandoned both poems, but fellow poet Lord Byron convinced him to publish them. The two poems appeared with a third, The Pains of …

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Updated author collection guides

If you’re a regular user of the HBLL’s subject guides, you’ve probably seen the newly upgraded designs. We’re happy to announce that the collection guides for the Rowe Collection of William Wordsworth, Robert Burns Collection, Walt Whitman Collection,  Louisa May Alcott Collection, and Herman Melville Collection have all been re-designed with updated information including recent …

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The White Doe of Rylstone

This summer marks the 200th anniversary of the appearance in print of William Wordsworth’s The White Doe of Rylstone; or, The Fate of the Nortons. Wordsworth wrote this long narrative poem during the winter of 1807-1808, inspired by a visit to Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire which he and his sister made the previous summer. The …

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First Edition of Lyrical Ballads

Special Collections is proud to announce its acquisition of a first edition of Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge for the Edward M. Rowe Collection of Wordsworth. Published in 1798 by J. & A. Arch at Gracechurch-street, London, Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote most of these poems as “experiments” in order to “ascertain how …

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