Adventures in Poetry: The Modern Poetry Collection at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library

An exhibition curated by Chloe Ottenhoff, Adam Doskey, Rosemary Trippe, and Linda Bial. Marshall Gallery & North-South Hallway: July 1-31, 2012 Rare Book & Manuscript Library: July 20-September 7, 2012 Tickets for Michael McClure’s play The Beard, designed to look like a boxing match ticket. This summer the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will be […]

Poem in Sir John Franklin’s Narrative Identified

Martyn Beardsley, author of Deadly Winter: The Life of Sir John Franklin, has brought to my attention that the poem written in the University of Illinois’s copy of Franklin’s Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea is in fact by Franklin’s first wife, Eleanor Porden.  In his research, Beardsley examined unpublished […]

Unpublished Poem by Sir John Franklin on the Difficulties of Writing (Q. 919.8 F85n)

John Franklin. Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22. London: John Murray, 1823. In 1966, the University of Illinois purchased a significant group of manuscripts and books from the personal collection of Sir John Richardson (1787-1855).  Richardson was a naturalist and surgeon who […]