Category Archives: Staff Posts

G. K. Chesterton: the Catholic Apologist

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born on May 29, 1874, in London, the eldest son of Edward Chesterton and Marie Louise Grosjean. Chesterton had a happy childhood and his parents encouraged his interests in art and literature. Chesterton’s brother Cecil … Continue reading

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Peter Levi: the Priest Turned Poet

Peter Chad Tigar Levi was born in Ruslip, Middlesex, England, on May 16, 1931. He was the second son of Herbert and Mollie Levi.  Peter’s father came from Istanbul and descended from a family of Sephardic carpet merchants, and his … Continue reading

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Maurice Baring: The Forgotten Giant of English Letters

Maurice Baring was a diplomat, Royal Air Force officer, and an elder statesman of English letters in the early twentieth century, who was accomplished in many literary forms, including poetry, drama, journalism, fiction, critical essays, and learned literary spoofs. He … Continue reading

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Instruction at the Burns Library Spring Semester 2016

The Burns Library hosted forty-one class sessions this past semester, including two that met weekly. Burns Scholar, Colman O’Clabaigh, taught the course, Religion and Community in Ireland, 1215–1526 every Thursday in The Irish Room while Professor Robert Savage of History … Continue reading

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John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement

The British Catholic Authors collection of the John J. Burns Library spans a period of almost 200 years, stretching from the early years of British Catholic revival under figures such as Cardinal John Henry Newman, C.O. (1801-1890) to contemporary figures … Continue reading

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New Acquisition: “Easter Week 1916” manuscript account by Margaret Skinnider

“I arrived in Dublin on Holy Thursday…” Although we are often excited about material the Burns Library acquires, we usually wait to tell potential researchers about our new collections until we’ve done our work: stabilizing and preserving through conservation and … Continue reading

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A Boston College Pioneer: Reminiscences of Dr. Henry C. Towle, class of 1877 & ‘79

My first visit to Boston College was made when a mere child. I wandered into the ground bordering on James Street and found someone exhuming dead bodies before the building of the Church of the Immaculate Conception…. It was not … Continue reading

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