nypl
nypl:

Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle,  one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday! 

This is amazing I love Romantic poets, Shelley is definitely a favorite! I also find it interesting that he was always writing poetry, a poem at 10! We should all probably do what we did at 10! : )

nypl:

Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle,  one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday! 

This is amazing I love Romantic poets, Shelley is definitely a favorite! I also find it interesting that he was always writing poetry, a poem at 10! We should all probably do what we did at 10! : )

therumpus

T.C. Boyle's interview with The Rumpus.

  • Rumpus: It seems like writing was a vehicle for upward social mobility for you. For a lot of people, it goes the other direction.
  • Boyle: I’ve never thought of it in those terms, but yeah. I’m a product of state schools. I had a working-class family. We had no books. I was the first to go to college. But I didn’t really think about it, or about making money. I was just going to be an artist, and I’ve been fortunate. I’ve never had to work for anybody nor have I had to write for money. Maybe that’s another reason that I’ve been able to be productive. I haven’t had to use my writing to make a living.
  • One of my favorite books is World's End by T.C. Boyle. Check it out, I bought it for everyone for Christmas a few years ago when I origionally read it!
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iowawomensarchives:

Welcome back to Transcribe Tuesday, where we feature excerpts from letters and diaries transcribed by volunteers at our DIY History crowdsourcing project. Please stop by the site and help out!
DIY History: Correspondence from friends to Ellen Mowrer Miller, 1868-1887
DIY History: Iowa Women’s Lives

I definitely want to help out on this project! : ) 

iowawomensarchives:

Welcome back to Transcribe Tuesday, where we feature excerpts from letters and diaries transcribed by volunteers at our DIY History crowdsourcing project. Please stop by the site and help out!

DIY History: Correspondence from friends to Ellen Mowrer Miller, 1868-1887

DIY History: Iowa Women’s Lives

I definitely want to help out on this project! : ) 

typeworship

typeworship:

Typographic Wallpaper

Tracy Kendall, bespoke wallpaper maker was exhibiting at the Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year and I was reminded of her work when I spotted one of the above pictures.

The top images show lettering stitched into the wall covering and features passages from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The news print design is a bespoke wallpaper from reproduced newspaper cuttings (I love the way they curl out), and the bottom images shows their newspaper type on a silver background. 

OMG Love! Need! 

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erikkwakkel:

Great little manuscript from Charlotte Bronte

A few years ago this super charming manuscript written by one of the Bronte sisters was auctioned off. Before the talented sisters became known for their now classical novels, they made little handwritten magazines with stories for their own pleasure. Miraculously, this one from 1830 survived. It contains three short stories by Charlotte Bronte (d. 1855), who is best known as the author of Jane Eyre. The manuscript measures only 61x35 mm (half a credit card), but its nineteen pages contain a combined 4000 words. Now that’s a lot of scribbling! The tiny pages contain the seeds of big scenes her later novels would be famous for. One of the stories, for example, alludes to Jane Eyre through a scene where someone locks up his enemy in the attic, after which he starts to imagine how the prisoner sets the place on fire by burning the curtains. All in all this little art project shows that small books matter too - as do, admittedly, non-medieval manuscripts, the usual focus of this Tumblr.

Pic: Sotheby’s, where this “Young Men’s Magazine nr. 2” sold (in 2011) for $1.07 million, after a bidding frenzy (read it here). More information in this article.

Omg this is awesome! If only I had an extra million or so handy! I love the Brontes~

uispeccoll

uispeccoll:

Time again for our weekly series - Miniature Mondays!

Robert Huet , The Miniature Collection of Shakespeare’s World.

This gorgeous wooden box houses twelve glittering books, all about William Shakespeare!  Each book is leather bound with gold tooling, and 1 x 3/4 inch tall.  The books are written by various authors on subjects concerning Shakespeare and his era.   Some included titles are:  “Collected Insults of Shakespeare,” “Actors in 16th Century England,” “The Life of William Shakespeare,” and “Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?”   For a complete list of titles, follow this link.

The Miniature Collection of Shakespeare’s World. Montreal, Canada: Roger Huet, 2000. Number 63 of 199.

 Post by Laura H.

I saw a collection similar to this at the Groiler Club in NYC. It was awesomely adorable!