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Lost in Translation: Proust and Scott Moncrieff
Scott Moncrieff’s English translation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu is widely hailed as a masterpiece in its own right. His rendering of the title as Remembrance of Things Past is not, however, considered a high point. William C. Carter explores the two men’s correspondence on this somewhat sticky issue and how the Shakespearean title missed the mark regarding Proust’s theory of memory.
The Manuscripts of Emily Dickinson
Mike Kelly, curator at the Archives and Special Collections of Amherst College, explores highlights from their Emily Dickinson collection, a huge variety of manuscript forms – from concert programmes to chocolate wrappers – which give us a fascinating insight into how the poet worked.
Robert Cornelius’ self-portrait: The First Ever “Selfie” (1839)
The Oxford Dictionaries announced their word of the year for 2013 to be “selfie” – we look at the first “selfie” in history, taken by Robert Cornelius from Philadelphia in 1839.
Fortunio Liceti’s Monsters (1665)
Highlights from the illustrations in the 1665 edition of Fortunio Liceti’s De Monstris, originally published, without the illustrations, in 1616. Liceti’s work, although not the first on the topic of deformities in nature, was perhaps the most influential of the period.
Paintings in Proust (Vol. 1, Swann’s Way)
As a celebration of the centennial of the publication of Du côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way), the first volume of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu, we have put together a few highlights of the many mentions of artworks to be found in the first volume, Swann’s Way.
W.F. Hooley reads Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1898)
150 years ago today, on November 19th 1863, President Lincoln delivered his famous speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg Civil War Cemetery, a cemetery set up to house and honour the dead from one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War which had taken place four months earlier
Phenomena of Materialisation (1923)
A remarkable book by German physician and psychic researcher Baron von Schrenck-Notzing focusing on a series of séances that Schrenck-Notzing witnessed between the years 1909 and 1913 involving the French medium Eva Carrière, or Eva C and her conjured “spirits” (which were suspiciously similar to magazine cut-outs of celebrities).
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