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John Milton's publishing contract for Paradise Lost

Thursday, April 27, 2017

John Milton’s publishing contract for Paradise Lost goes on display 350 years ago today, the poet John Milton entered into an agreement with the printer Samuel Simmons to publish his epic poem Paradise Lost. Through this publishing contract, one of...

Bianca Bellová wins the EU Prize for Literature

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On 21 April it was announced that this year’s European Union Prize for Literature had been awarded to a Czech writer with Bulgarian roots, Bianca Bellová, for her novel Jezero (‘The Lake’). She will receive the prize of 5000 euros...

Picturing Places - Taking a wider view?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Think of the British Library’s collections - it is probably books rather than prints and drawings which come to mind. Think of Gainsborough, Constable or Turner: do you picture Sublime, imaginary paintings rather than ‘topographical’, place-specific prints and drawings? 33.h.7.:...

Leoncavallo meets the queen

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Italian composer Ruggero Leoncavallo’s biggest hit remains his opera Pagliacci. This was first performed in 1892 when the composer was 34. Or was he? Largely due to his own inconsistent accounts, it was long thought that Leoncavallo was born in...

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