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  • The Thirty-seconde of March

    Just came upon something interesting in the vault: A 1752 sermon entitled: The Thirty-seconde of March / On the dangers of calendar reform / and touching upon the false method of rectifying the seate of Easter. With godly warnings to the Parliament that seekes to deprive good Christians of eleven dayes of life. A sermon. By P. Lloyd, A. M. Curate of Roxwell, in Essex (London : printed for C. Bathurst, at the Cross-Keys, over-against St. Dunstans Church, Fleetstreet, M.DCC.LIII. [1752]) The brief sermon was in response to the 1752 act of Parliament that altered the calendar in England and its colonies, so as to bring it into line with most other countries of Western Europe. England's Julian Calendar was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar and the formula for calculating leap years and Easter was changed. The beginning of the legal new year was moved from March 25 to January 1. In addition, 11 days were dropped from the month of September 1752. Apparently many people, including the Rev. P. Lloyd who wrote our sermon, thought that their lives were being shortened thereby. He also argues that by changing the date of Easter and other holy days, the prayers of Christians would be rendered ineffective since they would be delivered up to God on the wrong day! After this sermon was delivered, a large group of workers rioted and marched on Parliament because they believed that they were going to lose eleven days' pay. People also feared losing 11 days of their lives. They went through the streets of London, crying "Give us back our eleven days!" Rioting spread to Bristol, in those days the second largest city in England, where several people were killed in stampedes.
  • Prof. Albert Russell Ascoli, "Performing Salvation in Dantes Divine Comedy"

    Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese Colloquium "Performing Salvation in Dantes Divine Comedy" Prof. Albert Russell Ascoli UC Berkeley Wednesday 3/30/11 3:30 p.m. The Rare Book & Manuscript Library 346 Library Please join us for the talk! Albert Russell Ascoli, Ph.D. Cornell University 1983, is Terrill Distinguished Professor. His principal field of research and teaching is Medieval and Early Modern Italian culture from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with comparative interests in the classical Latin, English, and French traditions...
  • Gerhard Mayer Collection

    The RBML cataloging project is currently tackling the Gerhard Mayer collection, which consists of about 2,800 books by, and about, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library obtained the collection in 1984, partly as a purchase and partly as a gift, from Gerhard Mayers widow, Ruth Mayer. Were able to catalog it today thanks to the Frederick J. and Margret L. Worden Endowment. The collection was compiled by Dr. Gerhard Mayer of Champaign, Illinois, during the 1960s. It includes books written in 26 languages, and they range from early publications of Rilkes work to the late 1970s. As one of the project catalogers, Ive found myself asking (along with my coworkers) how Mayer managed to find so many books about Rilke. Were especially interested in how he managed to do this without the aid of the internet.
  • Book Collecting Contest

    Entries now being taken for the Harris Fletcher Book Collecting Award & T.W. Baldwin Prize for Book Collecting. To foster the love of books, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds annual book collecting contests. The competition, co-sponsored by the University Library and The No. 44 Society, includes separate judging and prizes for undergraduate (Fletcher Award) and graduate (Baldwin Prize) student collections.
  • No. 44 Society Talk: Alex Pettit on Richardson and Aesop

    February 9th, 2011, 3:00 p.m. in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Alexander Pettit, professor of English at the University of North Texas, will deliver a talk entitled "Samuel Richardson's Aesop's Fables (1739): Unexpected Decency." Drawing on his research for his forthcoming edition of Richardson's early work, Pettit will demonstrate that Richardson, having spent much of the 1730s trading in illiberal and hidebound anonymous polemic, found in Sir Roger L'Estrange's edition of Aesop (1692) a text into which he could incorporate his burgeoning sense of political and religious moderation. Richardson's adaptation of L'Estrange initiates a brief period of tonal generosity in the writer's career, distinct both from the nastiness of his earliest work and what Coleridge called the "oozy, hypocritical, praise-mad, canting, envious, [and] concupiscent" nature of his famous novels. The talk will incorporate commentary on the extremely rare copy of Richardson's Aesop held by The Rare Book & Manuscript Library. All are welcome and refreshments will be served!
  • Prayers for the People: Carl Sandburg's Poetry & Songs

    Musical Performance and Poetry Recital! 14 March, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at Smith Music Hall "Prayers for the People" is a musical and spoken word performance that celebrates the enormous poetic and musical legacy of Carl Sandburg. Developed by Kate Benzel, the Martin Distinguished Professor in English at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, "Prayers for the People" has played to numerous enthusiastic audiences. A performance filmed by Nebraska Educational Television won a 2010 Emmy for Entertainment Special Program from the "Heartland" region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and may be viewed at www.netnebraska.org/extras/sandburg/. The project brings a version of Sandburg's own style of lecture-recital to Illinois. Musical numbers drawn from Sandburg's pioneering work of ethnomusicology, The American Songbag (1927) alternate with readings of famous poems from his works Chicago (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), and Smoke and Steel (1920). Songs will be performed by the musical group "The Sandtones," led by Mike Adams, with contributions from local musicians. The show opens with a brief lecture by Benzel and is then emceed by Charles Peek, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Nebraska-Kearney, and punctuated by readings from Kevin Stein, Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University, and Janice Harrington, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Carl Sandburg and the Twentieth-Century American Folk Revival

    Carl Sandburg's work "The American Songbag" (1927) served a crucial function and as a constant point of reference in the American folk-music revival that began in the early 1930s, struggled through the 1940s and 1950s, and finally found its voice in the full-throated roar of anti-war protest and social-action of the 1960s. The books, letters, and photographs from Sandburg's personal collection placed on display convey his commitment to populist politics and his deliberate attempts to connect with a broad audience through the elegant and beautiful medium of American folk music.