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While Jonathan Swift is well known for his novel Gulliver’s Travels, it was George Faulkner’s 1735 publication of The Works of Jonathan Swift that established Swift as a prominent literary figure. Faulkner’s edition was the first publication of all Swift’s … Continue reading
The Burns Library’s Irish Collection contains a wide variety of wonderful and fascinating books. One day, having given in to the temptation to look at some beautiful book covers, I looked at some books by Irish writer Padraic Column. Intrigued … Continue reading
Just over a year ago, in July 2012, the archivists at the Burns Library started an ambitious backlog processing project. Since then, we’ve worked on a variety of archival collections, most recently the institutional records of the Boston College President’s Office. … Continue reading
Throughout the 237 years of the United States of America’s existence, George Washington’s image has stood as a reminder of the ideals upon which this nation was founded. Washington’s multitude of portraits came to represent liberty, democracy, and freedom from … Continue reading
Transcending space and time, Charles Perrault’s Cinderella has withstood countless transformations to become the most widely recognized fairy tale of all time. Stemming from an original, albeit much more violent, telling of the story of Cinderella by Giambattista Basile of … Continue reading
Jean-Frédéric Bernard and Bernard Picart began publishing their cutting edge collaboration, The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Several Nations of the Known World, in the early 1720s, at the dawn of the Enlightenment. Over the course of the eighteenth … Continue reading
When I arrived at Boston College three years ago I was very worried about the role that religion would play in my undergraduate studies. I was raised in the Catholic Church, but viewed my confirmation at age 15 as a … Continue reading
Edward Herbert of Cherbury wrote The Life and Raigne of King Henry the Eighth between 1630 and 1645. Edward, a unique character in his own right, is the often forgotten older brother of the Welsh poet George Herbert. Edward Herbert’s … Continue reading
During the current government spending crisis and shutdown, a topic has frequently come up in recent news: health care. Republicans in the House want to slash Obamacare and Democrats in the Senate are fighting to keep it. The Affordable Care … Continue reading
Every day when I arrive at the John J. Burns Library I first inspect the building to make certain that the HVAC system is running as expected, and that there have been no leaks or floods in the stacks overnight. … Continue reading