Author Archives: John Wells

‘The first of rural bards’: Robert Bloomfield in Cambridge University Library

The poet Robert Bloomfield, author of The farmer’s boy, was born in Suffolk two hundred and fifty years ago, in December 1766. Of humble parentage, he worked briefly as a labourer on a nearby farm before moving to London to … Continue reading

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Virtual exhibitions from Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library has recently been using a generous grant from the Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation to augment its provision of online exhibitions. The re-designed Exhibitions homepage has links to the resources in the new format, which have been created using a … Continue reading

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‘All things go free that have survived’: Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

Seamus Heaney, the most celebrated member of a remarkable generation of Irish poets, died on the 30th of August at the age of 74. His full-length books of verse were published in Britain by Faber and Faber, but he also … Continue reading

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Peter Scupham at Eighty

  A new exhibition in Cambridge University Library celebrates the eightieth birthday of the distinguished poet Peter Scupham. Born in Bootle in 1933, Scupham read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. While working as a schoolteacher, and later in semi-retirement as a … Continue reading

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Showing Their Hands at Cambridge University Library

Dawson Turner, the banker, antiquary, and leading light of autograph collectors in the early nineteenth century, claimed that he had ‘never met with the man who was not gratified to see how Newton wrote, or how Milton and Bacon formed … Continue reading

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Joanne Limburg Papers

  For some time now Cambridge University Library has been engaged in building its collections of papers of modern and contemporary poets with local Cambridge connections, whether to the town or the University. Accessions of archival material relating to writers as … Continue reading

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John le Carré archive heads to Oxford

John le Carré, one of the world’s most celebrated authors, has offered his literary archive to Oxford’s Bodleian Library with the intention that it should become its permanent home. Le Carré said, ‘I am delighted to be able to do … Continue reading

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J. D. Salinger – Hartog Letters at UEA

A collection of 50 handwritten letters and 4 postcards has been donated to the University of East Anglia’s Literary Archives by the family of a long-standing friend of the author’s – Mr Donald Hartog. The processing and publicizing of this … Continue reading

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The Manuscripts & Archives Research Library (M&ARL) in Trinity College Library Dublin

The Manuscripts and Archives Research Library (M&ARL) is the new name for what was once the Manuscripts Department within Trinity College Library Dublin. The re-naming, and the front-and-centre presence on the Library’s re-designed website (http://www.tcd.ie/Library/) serves to draw attention to … Continue reading

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Who chooses the War poets?

On Tuesday 9 November, 17.30–18.30, Adrian Barlow will be giving a talk in Cambridge University Library titled ‘Who Chooses the War Poets?’ The War Poets of the Great War are today a group more readily identified than the Imagists or … Continue reading

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