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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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New critical works on Romanticism

Here are a few of the latest critical monographs added to the Rowe Collection of William Wordsworth and the Robert Burns Collection. All are now available to consult in our reading room. Jasper Cragwall, Lake Methodism: Polite Literature and Popular Religion in England, 1780-1830. Ohio State University Press, 2013. Call number: Rowe Collection PR 468 …

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Robert Southey, Poet Laureate

Queen Victoria appointed three poets laureate during her reign: William Wordsworth in 1843, Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1850, and Alfred Austin in 1896. But the first poet laureate of Victoria’s reign, Robert Southey, was appointed by her grandfather, George III. Southey received the laureateship 200 years ago this month, in September of 1813. He held …

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Wordsworth on the radio

Listen to Paul Westover of the BYU English Department and Maggie Kopp of L. Tom Perry Special Collections, curators of the current library exhibit “Wordsworth and the Invention of National Parks,” discuss the British and American literary origins of national parks on KBYU’s “Thinking Aloud.” The audio file is available at: http://media.byub.org/mp3/fmarchive/thinkingaloud/2013/6/ta130617.mp3 (Original airdate: 6/17/2013)

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