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How to Celebrate a Victorian Christmas

Special Collections is celebrating the Christmas season with a new exhibit, “From Shrieks to Shenanigans: How to Celebrate a Truly Victorian Christmas.” The Victorians loved Christmas carols and tales of Father Christmas, but their festivities also included jokes, games, and ghost stories. The exhibit, which was curated by Dr. Leslee Thorne-Murphy’s English 236 students, showcases …

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Tip Top Weekly

Planning your Turkey Bowl or your fantasy team for this Thanksgiving? Even a century ago, football was still a main feature of the holiday weekend, as demonstrated by this 1905 issue of the long-running serial Tip Top Weekly. Branded “An Ideal Publication for the American Youth,” Tip Top Weekly churned out wildly popular adventure and …

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“Little Women” at 150

September marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the beloved classic novel Little Women. Special Collections is celebrating with a small exhibit drawn from our extensive collection of works by Louisa May Alcott. “Little Women at 150″ features the first editions of parts one and two of the novel, early European reprints and translations, …

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American literary classics in picture books

Many classic works of literature have been adapted for younger readers over the years. At L. Tom Perry Special Collections, where we have large collections of works by American authors Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and Herman Melville, we’ve collected numerous picture books adapted from their most famous works, dating all the way back to …

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Maria Edgeworth

New Year’s Day marked the anniversary of the birth of Anglo-Irish author Maria Edgeworth (1767 or 1768-1849). Edgeworth was one of the most prolific and successful novelists of the early 19th century. Edgeworth’s earliest publications were children’s stories and treatises on education, but in 1800, she burst on the scene as a novelist with Castle …

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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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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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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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Victorian Book of the Month: Wonderland edition

Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first issued by his London publisher, Macmillan, in July 1865. Before Alice Carroll had published a number of mathematical works under his true name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He adopted his famous pseudonym in 1856 for the many poems, short prose, and even puzzles which he submitted to …

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