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In 1844, Charles Dickens was infatuated with a young concert pianist by the name of Christiana Weller. Meeting Christiana and dining with her family, Dickens brought along his friend and contemporary, Thomas James Thompson, who on October 21 1845, eventually … Continue reading
Seeing Things and Celebrating Friendships in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney is a Burns Library Exhibit, now on display in the Margaret Ford Tower. This exhibit is available for viewing whenever the Burns Library is open from February 14 – March … Continue reading
Terence Brown is a distinguished scholar, teacher and literary critic in the area of Anglo-Irish literature. Though born in China his nationality is Irish. He grew up in the north of Ireland and attended the Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, … Continue reading
In 1759, the Prime Minister of Portugal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo (later the Marquis of Pombal), convinced his king to expel the Jesuits. Melo justified his actions through continued attacks on the Jesuits in a string of French publications, printed in Paris. … Continue reading
In 1755, the world simmered at the brink of war. Shots had been fired between French soldiers and British colonists in the Ohio River Valley, and Europeans began to anticipate a violent end to their anxious peace. The formal declaration of … Continue reading
The renowned poet, E. E. Cummings, gave readings at Boston College on November 19th, 1959 and October 26th, 1961 as a guest of the Humanities Series. Second only to Robert Frost as the most requested American poet to speak on … Continue reading