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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
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
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
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
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