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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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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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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: Scary Stories edition

The Victorians were very fond of ghost stories. Numerous authors, including many well-known writers of the period, tried their hand at the genre. October’s Victorian Book of the Month is a late 19th century contribution from Rudyard Kipling: The Phantom ‘rickshaw and Other Tales (1888). BYU’s copy of this collection was printed in India. These …

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Spooky short stories

Getting in the mood for some spooky Halloween reading? Try some short stories! Here are a few to inspire you from Special Collections: One famous short story collection owned by Special Collections in its first edition is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse. Published in 1846, the collection contains a number of gothic tales …

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Special Collections authors you’ve probably never heard of

Part 1: Eden Phillpotts Sunday, Nov. 4 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of prolific English writer Eden Phillpotts. He wrote novels, plays, essays, short stories, children’s literature, and stage and radio plays. Phillpotts’ most famous books chronicle the county of Devon in England, particularly the Dartmoor region. Special Collections owns a very interesting …

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Edgar Allan Poe in Special Collections

Poe is a perennial literary favorite at Halloween time, and Special Collections is a great place to come if you’re looking for your fill of his creepy tales and poems. The Rare Book Collection contains first printings of tales like “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-tale Heart” in our 19th century …

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O. Henry

Tuesday, Sept. 11 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of American writer William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), best known by his pen name O. Henry.  Porter is famous for witty short stories like “The Ransom of Red Chief” and “The Gift of the Magi,” which often feature surprise twists at the end. Porter was a …

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