Images from the three featured books
Polish book selection in the University Library focuses on the history and culture of Poland, with art a well-represented subject. This month, we look at 3 recent arrivals, books on Tadeusz Peiper, Bruno Schulz, and Zygmunt Radnicki.
Our first item, ‘Papież awangardy’ (Pope of the avant-garde; S950.c.201.695) was published as a companion volume for the exhibition of the same name held in Warsaw in 2015. The exhibition examined the role played by Tadeusz Peiper in European culture, particularly the Polish and Spanish avant-garde. Peiper was a seriously influential figure in 1920s art and literature, chiefly in his native Poland but also in Spain – where he spent some years – and further afield.
In May 2016 the Queen’s 90th birthday party will take place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. Traditionally, royal celebrations have been a grand affair. These were occasions of pomp and pleasantry, times in which courtiers and citizens expressed loyalty and affection to the monarch (real or otherwise). Immigrants played a notable role in such festivities.
The early history of urban celebrations has a colourful history. Religious festivals took place on significant dates in the Church calendars. Fetes were organized when royals made a formal entry into a city, either at home or abroad. Festival books were the printed accounts of these occasions. Impressive entries like those of the Habsburg princes in Antwerp and Brussels produced albums that are the most splendid specimens of the Renaissance book.*
Attributed to Juan de Jáuregui y Aguilar (circa 1583 – 1641) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Although we are not sure this is actually Cervantes, many subsequent portraits were based on this one.
Four hundred years ago on this day Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the most influential writer in the Spanish language, died in Madrid. This blogpost gives a taste of the future online exhibition that will feature the rich variety of material held at the Library by, and related to, Cervantes. We hold multiple versions and interpretations of everything that he wrote, but of course most of it relates to his masterpiece, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha.
Little is known about the birth of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, but he was baptised in Alcalá de Henares on October 9, 1547. The first part of his life was adventurous, marked by travels around the Mediterranean and 5 years of captivity in the hands of Ottoman pirates before his return to Spain in 1580. There, he remained unsuccessful in his attempts at supporting himself through his writing (although he won first prize – three silver spoons – in a poetry competition in 1595). All would change with the publication of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. Continue reading
The University Library has recently taken out a subscription to the journal Gradiva : international journal of Italian poetry.
A recent issue of Gradiva
Created in 1975 by Adriano Berengo, the first issue was released in the summer of 1976. The first series of Gradiva ran from 1976 to 1982, and the main focus of the journal was to explore the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature. In 1982, with the second series and under new editorship, the journal became essentially a periodical of Italian literature and from that year on started to include creative texts. From the year 2000 to the present, the journal has devoted itself exclusively to Italian poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on the twentieth century and beyond.
Recently, it was taken over by the publishing house, Leo S. Olschki of Florence. The editor-in-chief of the journal is Luigi Fontanella, professor of Italian at Stony Brook University, and amongst the important international figures on the editorial board is the poet Valerio Magrelli. Now semi-annual, its issues include poems by Italian poets (with or without accompanying English translations) and poems by authors of Italian descent, as well as essays, translations, reviews, and interviews. It is an important resource for students of Italian contemporary poetry and the Italian poetical scene.
The journal stands at L740.d.4, with the latest issues in pigeon hole W.52 in the West Room.
Front cover of 749:32.c.201.31
Ten years ago receiving material under legal deposit was a fairly clear-cut matter. Where the publisher had a choice, the only vagary was whether we would receive a paperback or a hardback. However, from April 2013 British publishers have had the choice of depositing print or electronic versions of their texts, so monitoring new titles is not so straightforward. When I was asked recently whether we would receive a print copy of the latest publication by Professor Roger Paulin, Emeritus Schroeder Professor of German, The life of August Wilhelm Schlegel, I couldn’t give an immediate answer.
In fact the publisher of this title, Open Book Publishers, based here in Cambridge, promotes open access for full academic monographs in the humanities and social sciences, and therefore deposits electronically. Continue reading