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From the Research Files

Marbled endpapers, like these that line the covers of a twentieth-century fine-press edition of Keats’s letters, sometimes can stand as works of art in their own right.
May 28, 2015
On September 4, 1893, Beatrix Potter sent a letter to five-year-old Noel Moore. The little boy was the son of her friend and former tutor, Annie Moore, and Potter wanted to lift his spirits.
May 20, 2015
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


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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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