Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Poems on their birthdays

This weekend involves at least two major 100th birthday parties: the first, on Saturday, is for the poet John Berryman, born on 25 October 1914. Celebrations will extend into Monday, appropriately, for Dylan Thomas, born on 27 October 1914. Thomas and Berryman have unfortunately legendary personae (either could have been responsible for drinking 18 straight […]

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson Archive!

Launched on October 23, 2013, the Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) celebrates its first year of operation this week, during Open Access Week. The site received 1.2 million “hits” from poetry lovers in its first 10 days; after a year, monthly usage averages 10,000 visits and 377,000 page views per month.  About 80% of visitors are […]

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

A poet, killer, thief, brawler, and vagabond…

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Francois Villon was all of those things, and most prominently a subversive outsider.  At a time when most poetic works were strongly religious or allegorical Villon wrote with honesty about love and sex, drinking, money problems, and […]

Friday, October 10th, 2014

D.H. Lawrence on strike

The Modern Books and Manuscripts department recently acquired the manuscript of D.H. Lawrence’s short story “Her Turn.” Ten onionskin pages depict a battle of wills between a husband and wife fighting over shares of the husband’s strike pay. The story was timely – Lawrence composed it over a three-day period in March 1912, during a […]

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

“Do you wear pants!”: T. S. Eliot’s first magazine

T. S. Eliot’s first magazine was published in an extremely limited edition, with an erratic mixture of upper- and lower-case penciling. Advertised as “A Little Papre” (it is about three inches wide and four inches tall), Fireside first appeared on January 28, 1899, when Eliot was ten. It ran in fourteen installments over the next […]

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

New on OASIS in October

Finding aids for three newly cataloged collections have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by Ashley M. Nary and Benjamin Hand: Vanity Fair Caricatures, 1871-1911 (MS Thr 1041) Processed by Bonnie B. Salt: Charles Henry Taylor Collection of Privateering Papers, 1718-1928 (MS Am 1087) Mayhew Family Papers, 1731-1790 (MS Am 977)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

British pop art

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Gerald Laing was an artist that was part of the British Pop movement in the 1960s and remains one of the most well-known today.  His work in this period was typically a painting of a reproduced image often a drag […]

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

New on OASIS in September

Finding aids for nine newly cataloged collections, and preliminary box lists for two recent acquisitions, have been added to the OASIS database this month, including a collection of Japanese netsuke carved in the shape of theatrical masks, correspondence of the Emerson family, and posters for musical theater. Processed by Irina Klyagin: Ballet Scores for Productions […]

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Burroughs in pulp

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo collection. William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) looms large among countercultural figures of 20th-century literature. The seminal Naked lunch is a famous source of controversy – it was banned in Boston in 1962, and ultimately redeemed in a 1966 obscenity trial before […]

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

The Poet as Naturalist: Thomas Gray’s copy of Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae

Among the most precious books from the library of Charles Eliot Norton, Harvard’s first Professor of Art History, is the poet Thomas Gray’s copy of Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae. Gray’s youthful interest in natural history was fostered by his uncle Robert Antrobus, an Assistant Master at Eton; in his later years he cherished his uncle’s copy […]