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The Jesuit Ordeal III: Memories of Malagrida

On September 21, 1761, the Italian Jesuit Gabriel Malagrida was led into the Rossio Square in downtown Lisbon, but Malagrida took little notice of the elegant plaza. The seventy-three year-old stepped out into the Rossio wearing the sanbenito, the smock … Continue reading

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The Spirit of the Core at Work

Boston College is a liberal arts university. Each undergraduate student is required to take classes in history, science, mathematics, foreign language, theology, social science, philosophy, English and cultural diversity, unless he or she was lucky enough to “AP out” with … Continue reading

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Alice Meynell, Poet and Muse

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

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Seeing Things and Celebrating Friendships in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney

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

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Spotlight on Irish Studies: Dr. Terence Brown, Burns Library Visiting Scholar

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

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The Jesuit Ordeal II: Satire and Suppression

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

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The Jesuit Ordeal I: Bold Moves in Tumultuous Times

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

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Conservator’s Notebook: One Busy Friday

At the risk of sounding cliché, there is never a dull moment working in the conservation department at Burns Library. Each work day is greeted with a new set of challenges and deadlines. However, some days at Burns are especially … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Irish Studies: John Boyle O’Reilly in the Hub

John Boyle O’Reilly was born in 1844 in Dowth, County Meath, Ireland.  He apprenticed in newspaper writing, publishing and printing before immigrating to England at age fifteen to work at an uncle’s paper in Preston.  At the request of his … Continue reading

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Printing Swift

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

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