Entries Tagged as 'Modern'

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Urdu Punch

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  Punch, the seminal British satirical magazine, is credited with popularizing the use of ‘cartoon’ to mean a comic drawing, rather than a preliminary sketch for a painting or tapestry. During the time of the British Raj, a number of publications […]

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Shall I read your future?

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. Death.  Typically depicted as a skeleton with a sickle, one might suppose that if this card appeared in a tarot reading that you should prepare for an untimely demise, but it rarely signifies a physical death.  Tarot card […]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Crowley and the Beast

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection.  The Santo Domingo Collection continues to bolster Harvard’s library of works by author and occult leader Aleister Crowley. These range from substantive books on magic to pamphlets containing individual poems (one of these, titled “Tyrol”, is a condemnation of […]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Street Art in the 1970s

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. The Faith of Graffiti presents the reader with beautiful full-spread photographs of street art by Jon Naar and Mervyn Kurlansky with an accompanying text by Norman Mailer.   By keeping the text separate in the center of the book, the […]

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Spooktacular!

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. In honor of Halloween I thought we share some creepy images that we found recently in a copy of Vu, a French periodical that covers a range of topics concerning France in the early 20th-century.  As the cover attests […]

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 23rd, 2014

Mob Stories

This post is part of an ongoing series featuring items from the newly acquired Santo Domingo collection. Detailing the early 1970s mob scene Mafia at War is an interesting and thorough read.  Published by New York Magazine, this book gives an in depth chronology of the mob bosses from the early 1900s to the early […]

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 […]