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Alice - still looking good at 150

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865 by the mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The story of the title character’s fall down a rabbit hole, the strange creatures she meets and the odd circumstances in which she finds herself have made this fantasy one of the most popular children’s books ever written. 431 more words

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750 years of Dante

Durante degli Alighieri, usually known simply as Dante, was born in Florence, probably in 1265. He held various political posts and was among the White Guelphs exiled in 1302. 412 more words

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Never judge a book … by its shelfmark!

We recently received a request from a reader to consult our copy of Le franc discours. A discourse, presented of late to the French King… 273 more words

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George Rose: the original Mrs. Brown

As a former curate in Camberwell, South London, George Rose (1817-1882) may not suggest the most obvious connection to the successful Brendan O’Carroll character, Agnes Brown. 220 more words

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A fruitful enterprise

Elizabeth Blachrie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, early in the eighteenth century but eloped with her doctor cousin, Alexander Blackwell, to London amidst doubts as to the veracity of his medical qualifications. 499 more words

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W.B. Yeats and the Cuala Press

Celebrations are taking place around the country this week to mark 150 years since the birth of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, on 13th June 1865 in Sandymount in Dublin. 449 more words

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Happy birthday, Tuskar Light!

200 years ago today, on 4 June 1815, Tuskar Rock Lighthouse was first lit. Lighthouse Inspector George Halpin’s plans for a lighthouse on the rock, off Wexford Harbour on the south-east coast of Ireland, were approved in 1811 and, despite some objections, building commenced in 1812. 1,541 more words

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