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New sources for American poetry

Special Collections has recently acquired copies of several important 19th and early 20th century anthologies of American poetry and literary criticism. These are wonderful resources for students of  American poetry, providing information about literary reception and canon formation in the 19th century as well as publishing the work of  many long-forgotten poets of the period. …

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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 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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Teresa of Avila

A new exhibit to celebrate Women’s History Month is up in Special Collections’ lobby. It focuses on women’s spirituality throughout history and includes works by Saint Teresa of Avila, who was born 500 years ago this month. Teresa was a Spanish Carmelite nun who is remembered for her reform efforts within the order and the …

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Victorian Book of the Month: “Angel in the House” Edition

March is Women’s History Month, so this month’s post looks at Victorian notions of women’s education and domesticity. The Women of England, their Social Duties and Domestic Habits was an influential conduct book for women published early in the Victorian period (1839). The author, Sarah Stickney Ellis, was the wife of a Congregationalist minister and …

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Wives and Daughters

August marks the 150th anniversary of the first appearance of Elizabeth Gaskell’s beloved novel Wives and Daughters. Gaskell published the novel serially in the beginning in the August 1864 issue of the literary magazine The Cornhill, accompanied by illustrations by George du Maurier. Sadly, Gaskell  died of a sudden heart attack in November 1865 before …

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Special Collections authors you’ve never heard of

Part IV: Clara Endicott Sears Clara Endicott Sears (1863-1960) was born 150 years ago this month. Sears was a wealthy Bostonian who authored several histories and a few long-forgotten novels. Today, she is best remembered as a preservationist and collector of American folk art and Native American art and artifacts. In 1910, Sears purchased the …

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Special Collections authors you’ve never heard of

Part III: Gene Stratton-Porter This week marks the 150 anniversary of the Indiana-born author Gene Stratton-Porter (1863-1924). Her interest in nature led her to a career in writing and photography for nature magazines. Stratton-Porter published a dozen novels as well as books of poetry and nature writing. Her novels, especially Freckles (1904) and A Girl …

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New acquisitions: Women’s literature

A brief sampling of literary works by women authors that have recently been added to Special Collections’ holdings: Victorian and Edwardian Literature Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out, first British edition (Vault 823 W88vo 1915) Elizabeth Gaskell, Sylvia’s Lovers (Victorian 823 G212sy 1863) Amelia B. Edwards, My Brother’s Wife (Victorian 821 Ed955my 1855)   American Rare …

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