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George Eliot first editions on display in the Library

We have first editions, letters, and periodicals related to George Eliot’s life and work from our collections on display in the Seng Tee Lee Centre on the 4th floor of the Library. This is inspired by and in support of the inaugural Nineteenth Century Study Week  at the Institute of English Studies. The display in the Library will continue up until Friday 1 June 2018. George Eliot as journalist and editor
24 May 2018
Tansy Barton

Celebrating George Eliot

Ahead of next year’s 250th anniversary of her birth, the inaugural Nineteenth Century Study Week at the Institute of English Studies takes George Eliot as its subject.  To mark this, a small display of material related to Eliot’s life and work will be in the Seng Tee Lee Centre on the 4 th floor.  The Display’s features material from across the Library’s collections, including Eliot’s early periodical contributions, first editions and letters. Portrait of George Eliot c.1865 (Wikimedia Commons/BNF-Gallica) Marian Evans, journalist and editor
21 May 2018
Tansy Barton

The Children’s Book that Shaped the Victorian World

On the 200 th anniversary of the publication of The Fairchild Family by Mary Martha Sherwood (1775-1851), we take a look at the prolific, didactic, evangelical author, whose writings dominated education for half a century and whose first generation of readers grew up to shape the Victorian world. From humble beginnings... Roehampton University ; Sherwood, Mary Martha.  The Fairchild Family . London, 1818. Source: Wikicommons
13 Apr 2018
Dr Karen Attar

Operation Tiger: Marking 34 years since the raid on Gay's The Word Bookshop

Gay’s the Word , an independent LGBT bookshop at 66 Marchmont Street, is a Bloomsbury institution and features in the film Pride (2014) . On 10 April 1984, the shop was raided by UK Customs and Excise, who seized its imported books. What became known as Operation Tiger saw the eventual confiscation of 144 titles consisting of thousands of pounds worth of stock, with works by Jean Genet, Gore Vidal, Djuna Barnes and Jean-Paul Sartre included amongst those deemed obscene.
10 Apr 2018
Leila Kassir

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