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From the Research Files

One of the great delights of working inside the iconic Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1963, is that no matter where one looks, there seems to be some deeper meaning nested in the building’s design and architecture. The semi-transparent marble “windows” are one of the most obvious charms, a symbol for the scholarly endeavor that is hard to miss.
May 14, 2015
Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” trilogy has enjoyed a meteoric trajectory from double Booker-prize winning books and a BBC series smash to, now, a standing-room-only Broadway show running in the theatre that was once home to “Cats.”
May 6, 2015
Few poets evoke spring more vividly than William Wordsworth. Who can forget the first stanza of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” his incomparable ode to the season?
April 30, 2015
Hablot Knight Browne, better known as the illustrator Phiz, enjoyed a prosperous collaboration with one of Victorian literature’s brightest lights, Charles Dickens.
April 23, 2015
What a delight for the reader who turns back the cover of Monaldi’s “Istoria delle famiglie della città di Firenze” and discovers these exquisite Dutch-gilt endpapers.
April 16, 2015
The Mystery of Edwin Drood was the last (and unfinished) novel by one of Britain’s best-loved authors, Charles Dickens. The novel was in the process of being issued in installments, when, after a full day’s work on Drood, Dickens died suddenly of a stroke in June 1870 at his home at Gad’s Hill.
April 9, 2015


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The Beinecke’s Research Librarian is frequently called to seldom visited corners of the library’s collections. In this blog, Elizabeth Frengel shares some of her intriguing finds.


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