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Remembering the work of Wilkie Collins

January 8 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian author Wilkie Collins, whose thrillers like The Woman in White and The Moonstone still capture readers with their plot twists and sympathetic characters. To celebrate, the Special Collections Reading Room features a small exhibit of first editions of these two novels as well as other books …

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Special Collections authors you’ve never heard of: Charles Lever

June 1 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Victorian novelist Charles Lever (1806-1872). Lever was born into a middle-class Anglo-Irish family. He began writing to supplement his income while training to become a physician. He quickly found success writing rollicking tales of Ireland and of military life, drawing on his childhood in Dublin …

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Jack London

100 years ago today, Jack London, American author and activist, died at age 40 in California. London is best known for his tales of the Klondike Gold Rush, including the novel The Call of the Wild and the oft-anthologized short story “To Build a Fire.” He was a prolific writer who wrote nearly two dozen …

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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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Victorian Book of the Month: Famous first lines

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” (Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)   “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” (Bronte, Jane Eyre)   “It is a truth universally acknowledged….” (Austen, Pride & Prejudice)   Great 19th century British novels provide some of the best opening …

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Anthony Trollope, 1815-1882

Today we celebrate the birth of beloved (and prolific!) Victorian author Anthony Trollope, 200 years ago. Trollope wrote over 60 books during his lifetime, including 47 novels, as well as numerous short stories, an autobiography, and even a few plays. Trollope’s professional career was with the General Post Office. His early novels were written while …

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VBM 5: Leaving winter behind

January’s selection for the Victorian Book of the Month series is inspired by the cold and snowy weather here in Provo, or at least the desire to escape it: A Winter Pilgrimage by H. Rider Haggard. Haggard is most famous for his adventure novels of Africa, like King Solomon’s Mines and She (which provided escapist fare for …

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