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Magna Carta at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The British Library is delighted to be a participant in this year's ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. Throughout the Festival, from 19 to 23 January, a facsimile of one of the four original Magna Carta documents from 1215, now held at...

The art of ruining a friendship: Zola, Cézanne and L’Œuvre

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Once again Christmas is over, and many of us will have been fortunate enough to receive a book among our presents. Some may be a delight, others a disappointment, as in the case of the gift which Stephen Leacock’s young...

From Stats Man to Ad Man: Jesse Scott

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The history of advertising is told via great men: in the early 1960s David Ogilvy wrote his Confessions of an Advertising Man and Winston Fletcher recently published his memoir-cum-history Powers of Persuasion. This blog tells of an untold life in...

Music for a President

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The inauguration of the 45th President of the United States made me think of the music written by the great American composer John Philip Sousa. John Philip Sousa in 1911 (Library of Congress) Born in Washington in 1854, Sousa’s father...

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