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Browse our Instagram!The 7th stanza of Irish poet John Boyle O'Reilly's "The Exile of the Gael," written in 1887, and O'Reilly's calling card, from the Boston College collection of John Boyle O'Reilly.We are enjoying the details in this cover decoration of American writer Alice Cary's "A Lover's Diary," published in 1868. Cary (1820-1871) and her sister Phoebe (1824-1871) were both well-known poets.G is for Garden, from "A Poet's Alphabet" by Welsh writer W.H. Davies (1871-1940). Davies was also the author of "The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp."The cover of London Lyrics by English poet Frederick Locker-Lampson, published in NY in 1891.
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Did you know that the first American Olympic medalist was a Bostonian and also a writer of sea stories? James Brendan Connolly is perhaps no longer a familiar name, but he was once considered the “foremost among sea-writers”(Dwyer,1). Fabien P. … Continue reading
The Jesuitica Collection in the Burns Library conserves some of the earliest written records of Amerindian spoken languages. As Jesuits pursued their missionary commitments among the peoples they met, they compiled dictionaries and grammars to help them in their efforts. These … Continue reading
When Lorenzo Ricci was elected the 19th Superior General of the Society of Jesus on May 21, 1758, he may well have approached the post with some hesitation. A biographer later recorded: “Surprised to find himself entrusted with so onerous … Continue reading
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
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. Carvalho justified his actions through continued attacks on the Jesuits in a string of French publications, printed in Paris. … Continue reading