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New letters of Romantic poet and novelist Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith, by George Romney (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

In 1833, William Wordsworth, England’s greatest living poet, praised one of his contemporaries, Charlotte Smith, as “a lady to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered.” Sadly, his words rang true,

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Long-Lost Letters of an Uncrowned Queen

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A small group of letters thought to have been destroyed almost 200 years ago is among the many surprising finds awaiting researchers in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. The eighteen letters, now part of the George De Forest Collection, were

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Love’s Revenge: Letters of an 18th-Century Woman Novelist

A small group of eight letters in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections sheds new light on an episode in the life of an eighteenth-century woman writer who proved that the pen is mightier than the sword. Anna Maria Bennett was

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God Save the King!

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Belated congratulations to Will and Kate and little baby George! It’s a good solid name, borne by six previous monarchs. The first King George came to the throne 299 years ago, on the first of August 1714, following the death

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Sir Thomas Phillipps’s Old English grammar

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The history of book collecting is studded with colorful figures. One of the most honored but also most eccentric was Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872). The illegitimate son of a wealthy textile manufacturer, Phillipps spent his inheritance indulging his passion for

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Book discovered from library of a notorious “Bibliomane”

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Bibliomania, an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving the collecting or hoarding of books, has taken many forms over the years. As early as 1809, the English bibliographer Thomas Frognall Dibdin published a book on the subject. In more recent years, Nicholas Basbanes’

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