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Going to any length: The manuscript of Marquis de Sade’s ‘The 120 Days of Sodom’ January 7, 2015 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, Content, Exhibits

  Part of the festivities celebrating the bicentenary of the death of Marquis de Sade is an exhibit at the L’ Institut des Lettres et Manuscrits in Paris featuring the original manuscript of The 120 Days of Sodom.  Regarded by Sade as his magnum opus, The 120 Days of Sodom also known as The School of Libertinism, was written by Sade in the space of thirty-seven days in 1785 while imprisoned. The production, construction and preservation of the…

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Kafka’s notebook, the first written evidence of Yiddish and more as Israel’s National Library opens up October 9, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

13th-century German prayer book containing the earliest evidence of the Yiddish language. The goal is daunting: Undertake “a worldwide initiative to digitize every Hebrew manuscript in existence.” To celebrate the project, the National Library of Israel is opening its vaults to give the world a peek and some of the jewels of their collection.  The Associated Press was offered “a rare glimpse at its most prized treasures,” some never before seen and others that has been locked…

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Thomas Hardy Stays At Home, Thanks To 104 Year Old Friend. April 12, 2010

Norrie Woodhall has a new claim to fame when it comes to Victorian novelist Thomas Hardy. She’s just provided the inspiration for a successful campaign to keep some valuable Hardy manuscripts in his native Dorset. At 104 years-of-age, Norrie might seem an unlikely muse for Dorset’s die hard Hardy fans. But she’s been connected with the writer since before she was born: Norrie Woodhall says her mother was the inspiration for Hardy’s tragic heroine, Tess…

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Angels And Demons Reunited At Morgan Library January 27, 2010

Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of ClevesThe Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440(Images courtesy of Faksimile Verlag Luzern.) The first page of Catherine’s prayer book foreshadows her troubled marriage. Her coat of arms as the Duchess of Guelder is centered beneath the Virgin Mary. Traditionally, her husband’s crest would be illustrated atop her coat of arms. But Catherine defiantly places an Ox– the symbol of The House of Cleves–above…

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Morgan Library’s Christmas Gift: Display of Dickens’ Decisive Deletions December 2, 2009

Charles Dickens’ Manuscript On Display At The Morgan Library. (Photo By Angel Franco for The New York Times.) The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan is offering modern readers a chance to see the creative process behind Victorian literature’s most enduring holiday tale, Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol. The library, housed in an Italian renaissance style palazzo in Murray Hill, holds the original manuscript of the story, written and rewritten in Dickens’ own hand. According…

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