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Detectives in “The Strand”

Detective fiction was growing in popularity when London publisher George Newnes decided to launch a new magazine in 1890. The very first issue, dated January 1891, led with the detective story “A Deadly Dilemma” by Canadian author Grant Allen. Over the next six decades, The Strand Magazine would feature a host of fictional sleuths, most …

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Sir John Tenniel in Special Collections

Renowned Victorian artist Sir John Tenniel was born this day 200 years ago. Tenniel was formally trained as a painter, but after accepting a job as an illustrator at the prominent English humor magazine, Punch, he found fame as a cartoonist and book illustrator. He produced thousands upon thousands of drawings for the magazine, from …

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Comics & Victorians

The library’s newest exhibit, “Comics & Mormons,” features 20th and 21st century examples of comics and graphic novels from Special Collections, but hidden among the rare book collections are older comics from the 19th century.  This post features one of the first British comic strips, “Ally Sloper.” The recurring character “Ally Sloper” first appeared in …

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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: Introducing the Victoria R.I. Bibliography

The HBLL has recently launched the Victoria R.I. Bibliography database, which lists the original bibliographic descriptions for the core of BYU’s Victorian Collection — over 4,000 books, manuscripts and ephemera purchased in 1969 from San Francisco book dealer David Magee. The entries, along with Magee’s descriptive text, can be found at http://lib.byu.edu/collections/victoria-ri-bibliography/about/ or by going …

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VBM 4: The Discovery of Plum-pudding

December’s Victorian Book of the Month is a recent acquisition, Punch’s Snapdragons for Christmas. Published in 1845 by the proprietors of the famed Victorian humor magazine Punch, this book contains lighthearted tales, poems, and illustrations for the season. From satirical “Monetary Hints for the Season” and advice on “How to Provide a Christmas Dinner,” to …

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It’s officially six weeks until Christmas….

At Special Collections, we’re already getting into the holiday spirit. Our latest small exhibit is “Rising to the Occasion: Crafting Christmas with the Victorian Middle Class.” Students in the English MA program have put together a display showing how the Victorians celebrated Christmas and how commercialism and celebration went hand-in-hand, even back then. Highlights include …

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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” is one of many famous novels which were published 150 years ago, in 1861.  Dickens released the novel serially in his magazine “All the Year Round” beginning in December 1860; the novel finished in the August 1861 issue.  London publishers Chapman and Hall then released “Great Expectations” in a three-volume book …

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