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Orson F. Whitney papers

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Orson F. Whitney papers (MSS 15). This important collection is arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Writings; and, 3) Whitney Family papers. The Correspondence series includes letters between Orson F. Whitney and other Church members, Church leaders, family members, and friends. The …

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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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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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New Literary Exhibit!

Just in time for National Poetry Month, come visit our latest lobby exhibit on former BYU professor and poet laureate, Leslie Norris. It features his manuscripts and examples of his published work.

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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Emily Faithfull and the Victoria Press

In honor of International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the work of a Victorian woman printer, Emily Faithfull, and her imprint, the Victoria Press. Faithfull was a member of the Society for the Promotion of the Employment of Women, a mid-Victorian social organization which hoped to improve working conditions and employment opportunities for women. …

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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: Summer flowers edition

This month’s featured book from the Victorian Collection is Queen Summer: or the Tourney of the Lily and the Rose, a poem written and illustrated by Walter Crane (1845-1915). Crane was one of the premier book illustrators and artists of the late Victorian period, but he also dabbled at writing. Queen Summer is one of …

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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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Victorian Book of the Month: Crossing into modernism

June 13 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). The selection for June’s Victorian Book of the Month is one of his most significant early poetry collections, The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics (1892). It includes such famous poems as “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” …

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