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To Kill a Mockingbird wins the 2013 Tournament of Tweed!

To Kill a Mockingbird wins the 2013 Great American Novel Tournament of Tweed!  If you haven't read the book (or don't remember from when you read it in high school), now is the perfect time!  We have several copies at the library that you can checkout.  We also have the movie version, if you want to see Gregory Peck being dignified and inspiring.

Want to understand the significance of this novel?  We have several books of criticism you might want to check out:

To Kill a Mockingbird edited by Don Noble.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E353 T66 2010

Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee's Novel by Holly Blackford.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E353 T63335 2011

Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird by Mary McDonagh Murphy.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E353 T6356 2010

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays edited by Michael J. Meyer.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E353 T63375 2010

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3562.E353 Z94 2006

You might also be interested in this blog post that I wrote for the 50th anniversary of the novel.

Cuala Press Titles in Special Collections

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In recognition of National Poetry Month, we're highlighting a selection of our Cuala Press titles.  These elegant volumes, many of them volumes of poetry, are some of the finest examples of private press printing from the last century.

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Emerging from both the international Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the century and the Celtic Revival in Ireland, the Cuala Press traces its earliest history to a joint venture between Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, sister of the poet William Butler Yeats, and Evelyn Gleeson, at the Dun Emer craft studio at Dundrum, Gleeson's home near Dublin.  The name of the press, "Emer's fort" in Irish Gaelic, is a reference to the wife of the Irish mythological hero, Cú Chulainn and the studio and the press were notable because of its all female staff of artists and printers.  In addition to the finely crafted books of the Dun Emer Press, run by Yeats, the studio also produced fine embroidery, tapestries and rugs, overseen by Gleeson. Elizabeth Yeats is shown here (far right), along with fellow workers, at the Dun Emer Press in 1903.  One of the images most associated with the press is the Dun Emer pressmark of 'Lady Emer and tree' designed by Elinor Monsell and first used in Katharine Tynan's Twenty One Poems (1907).

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The goals of the enterprise were outlined in a prospectus written by Gleeson in 1903: "A wish to find work for Irish hands in the making of beautiful things was the beginning of Dun Emer. ... Everything as far as possible, is Irish: the paper of the books, the linen of the embroidery and the wool of the tapestry and carpets.  The designs are also of the spirit and tradition of the country. ... The first two books issued by the Dun Emer Press are now scattered over the world, and have given pleasure to our country people in America and at home and to strangers interested in the art of hand printing." The full text of the prospectus can be found in Liam Miller's history The Dun Emer Press, Later the Cuala Press published in 1973.

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In 1908, Elizabeth Yeats and her sister Lily left Dun Emer Industries and set up their own studio, bringing the printing enterprise with them and renaming it the Cuala Press.  From 1908 to 1946, the Yeats sisters, with the literary guidance of their brother, printed some of the most important works of the Irish Literary Revival, including first editions of works by Lady Gregory, Louis MacNiece, John Millington Synge, and, of course, William Butler Yeats.

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In his introduction to The Revival of Printing: a bibliographical catalogue of works issued by the chief modern English presses published in 1912, Robert Steele writes of the Press: "Miss Yeats, who in time past had come within the circle of William Morris's influence, has set herself the task of reviving fine printing in Ireland.  Her books...have the advantage of being in many cases important from their subject-matter, as well as desirable pieces of printing.  Technically her work, which in the early books showed many of the characteristics of amateurism, is now more satisfactory, though the press-work and the colour of the ink, especially of the red, are still open to improvement."  Regardless of Steele's judgement of the earlier products of the press, seventy-seven titles were published by the Dun Emer and Cuala Presses combined and they are highly prized by collectors and scholars today for their literary importance as well as their simple beauty.

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Special Collections has one title printed at the Dun Emer Press and eight others printed at the Cuala Press, including the last book printed there in 1946, Elizabeth Rivers' Stranger in Aran.
The title page of the Rivers volume and one of the four hand-colored illustrations are shown here.
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Three of our Cuala imprints are volumes of Yeats poetry that were once part of the working library of Irish-American poet and critic, Louise Bogan.  Bogan wrote an article in The Atlantic in 1938 and praised the quality of Yeats' verse: "...these evocations of Celtic beauty, heroism, and strangeness wakened, as more severe music could not then waken, Ireland's ears to the sound of its own voice speaking its own music."

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Shown here is Bogan's copy of The Cat and the Moon by William Butler Yeats published by the Cuala Press in 1924.  The title page features the charging unicorn device designed by Robert Gregory and first used by the press in 1907. Gregory, was the son of Lady Gregory and the subject of Yeats' famous poem "An Irish Airman Forsees His Death".  This copy is inscribed to Bogan by her second husband, Raymond Holden.

The Dun Emer Press and Cuala Press titles highlighted here, along with the over 1,000 volumes of the working library of Louise Bogan, are available to researchers in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.  They are truly amazing examples of the art of fine hand-press printing and our copies' association with an important American poet make them extra "special".

Kimberly Tully
Special Collections Librarian

 

You heard NDT speak, now continue the Search ...

By all accounts Astrophysicist, Popular Scientist and all-around badass, Neil Degrasse Tyson gave a riveting speech last night in Millett Hall. The inspiration doesn't need to end there. Continue to be inspired by Dr. Tyson through his scholarship and popular writings. We've got it all:

Books by Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson

 Death by Black Hole: and other Cosmic Quandaries

 The Pluto Files: the Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

 Universe Down to Earth

 One Universe: at Home in the Cosmos

Popular and Scholarly Articles

Go here to read nearly 200 popular magazine articles. To view much of Dr. Tyson's scholarly writings, go to Web of Science and search - tyson nd - in the author field.

Happy Researching!!

2013 National Poetry Month - Highlighting Louise Bogan

King Library will have a display up this month in the foyer of the first floor in honor of National Poetry Month.  This year we are highlighting the work of Louise Bogan, and the poets she either reviewed in the New Yorker or that she collected in her personal collection.

Special Collections will also be highlighting Louise Bogan in a display on the third floor of King.  For more information check out their blog post from last year called The Working Library of Louise Bogan (1897-1970), Poet and Critic.  They have around 2,000 volumes in her personal book collection.  Among other things, there are books of criticism, novels, and many books of poetry.

If you are interested in reading her books, check out these titles:

The Blue Estuaries; Poems, 1923-1968.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3503.O195 B5

Collected Poems, 1923-1953.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3503.O195 A17 1954

Selected Criticism: Prose, Poetry.  King Library (2nd floor) | PN511 .B54

A Poet's Prose: Selected Writings of Louise Bogan: With the Uncollected Poems.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3503.O195 A6 2005 

Achievement in American Poetry, 1900-1950.  SW Depository | PS221 .B56 

There are also several books about her:

Louise Bogan by Jacqueline Ridgeway.  Hamilton Library | PS3503.O195 Z84 1984 

Louise Bogan: A Reference Source by Claire E. Knox.  SW Depository | PS3503.O195 K58 1990

Louise Bogan: A Portrait by Elizabeth Frank.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3503.O195 Z662 1985

Obsession and Release: Rereading the Poetry of Louise Bogan by Lee Upton.  SW Depository | PS3503.O195 Z89 1996

Our 30 year old Friendship: Letters from Louise Bogan, Conversations with Mildred Weston ; and, Legacy by  Mildred Weston.  SW Depository | PS3573.E92426 A6 1997 

If you'd like to read some of the poets included in her collection, here are titles that you can check out:

The Colossus by Sylvia Plath.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3566.L27 C6 1967

Starting from San Francisco by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.  Hamilton Library | PS3511.E557 S8 1967

Pictures from Brueghel, and Other Poems by William Carlos Williams.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I544 P45

95 Poems by e.e. cummings.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3505.U334 N5

The Lion and the Rose Poems by May Sarton.  SW Depository | PS3537.A832 L5

The Beautiful Changes and Other Poems by Richard Wilbur.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3545.I32165 B4

In the Clearing by Robert Frost.  King Library (2nd floor) | PS3511.R94 I5 1970 

In addition to checking out the library's displays and finding some poetry to read, you might also want to look at some of these other resources for celebrating National Poetry Month:

NYPL's National Poetry Contest on Twitter

Rumpus Poetry

National Poetry Map

2013 National Poetry Month sponsors present their new poetry titles

Whatever you do to celebrate, we hope you'll make time this month to enjoy some poetry!

SimplyMap

The libraries have started trial access to a web based software called SimplyMap. It comes with both a large variety of census and business data and all the shape files to create an impressive array of maps.

The program is very simple to use and can in a few minutes create maps that will give student's research papers an extra edge. Humanities, Business and Marketing students will probably find the program especially useful as well as anyone interested in mapping.

Files can also be downloaded for use in image processing tools like Photoshop as well as GIS software such as ArcMap.

The trial will last until April 30.

http://sm2.simplymap.com

or if off campus:
https://proxy.lib.muohio.edu/login?source=opac&url=http://sm2.simplymap.com

A short video on how to use SimplyMap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0QbMnFQFJs

King Library 1st Floor Redesign

We’re redesigning the 1st floor of King Library! The plan is to revamp the Information Desk and a few other areas. What would you like to see added or changed on the 1st floor? Give us your input at http://bit.ly/WOHdHe

Remembering Chinua Achebe

The influential African writer Chinua Achebe has died at the age of 82.  He is most famous for the classic work Things Fall Apart.  We have several copies of this book on the second floor of King.  You can check the call number PR9387.9.A3 T5.

If you'd like to hear more about his life and the significance of his work, check out a couple of these links: What's the Word: The African NovelPOSTSCRIPT: CHINUA ACHEBE, 1930-2013, Chinua Achebe's Biography and Style and Chinua Achebe: David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies.

Here are some of his other works, in case you'd like to read more by him:

There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR9387.9.A3 Z468 2012

Arrow of GodKing Library (2nd floor) | PR9387.9.A3 A77 1965

Morning Yet on Creation Day: Essays. King Library (2nd floor) | PR9340.5 .A3 1975

Home and Exile.  King Library (2nd floor) | PR9387.9.A3 Z467 2000

Girls at War and Other Stories. King Library (2nd floor) | PR6051.C5 G57 1977

Howe Writing Center Branch Desk Now Open at B.E.S.T. Library!

The Howe Writing Center and University Libraries are pleased to announce we now offer Howe’s writing consultant services in the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Library in Laws Hall. Located on the main floor, the writing desk will be open a limited number of hours to start, but we hope that providing this service on the east side of campus will encourage students in the technical disciplines to make use of Howe’s services with their class assignments. (As always, students working in any discipline can make use of any of Howe’s locations.) The writing desk at B.E.S.T. will be open Mondays 3-5pm, Tuesdays 4-7pm, and Wednesdays 4-6pm. You can make an appointment on the Howe Writing Center web site, or drop-ins are welcome when the consultant is available.

7th Annual Women's Read-In

The Women’s Read-in is in its 7th year at the Miami University Libraries. It is co-sponsored by the Women's Center and is held in honor of Women's History Month. All members of the University and Oxford communities are encouraged to participate and attend.

The theme this year is Women Bridging Cultures and features two themed hours:

12-1 “Speaking from my experience”

1-2 Muslim Women

The event this year will be held on Thursday March 28th from 11:00am-3:00pm in King Library 320.

You can register here to read/perform work by your favorite female artist or drop by to listen and enjoy refreshments.

Need some help choosing what to read? Check out our page on the Diversity guide for some inspiration!

We hope to see you there!

Writing Your Way Into Miami History Workshop

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As you may know, there's currently a writing contest going on here at Miami University.  It's called the Armstrong Student Center Great Seal Writing Contest.  The deadline is April 2nd.  Part of the essay requirement is to talk about the following ideas: "In your Miami experience, what wisdom have you gained from the University’s heritage that you would like to pass on? In other words, what values, beliefs, and experiences connect 'Old Miami' and 'New Miami'?" 

To help you think about how to answer these questions, the Howe Writing Center and the Miami University Libraries are sponsoring a "Writing Your Way Into Miami History Workshop".

 The workshop will be held in King Library 320 on the following dates and times:

Tues, March 19,  6-7 pm

Wed, March 27, 6-7 pm 

Please consider coming to one of these nights.  You can bring a draft of your essay, or just come to get ideas and tips for how to write it.  Some of the topics to be addressed during the workshop will be:

  • Knowing your audience for the contest
  • Glimpses of Miami history, “Old Miami, New Miami”
  • Idea generation for your contest entry
  • Draft feedback

We also have a guide to Miami History that you might find helpful.  Some of the links on this guide include the digital Miami Student, the Frank Snyder photo collection, and the Miami University Archives.

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