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Dartmouth Ski Tramway

It seems that once again ski season is upon us. Long regarded as a favorite New England skiing and snowboarding destination, New Hampshire boasts a hearty twenty-two skiing areas and resorts. Dartmouth, in extension, is consistently ranked as the prefe… Continue reading

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Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful….

It was COLD this morning, and even colder yesterday, but an old time New Englander might pooh-pooh that with a “Hey, when I was a kid, there were weeks in January when we never saw the warm side of zero.” Would he be remembering correctly? Am I really… Continue reading

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Dartmouth in the Rose Bowl?

In 1937, Dartmouth was a major college football powerhouse and was invited to play Cal in the Rose Bowl on January 1st–and Dartmouth turned it down. It is hard to imagine both sides of that sentence: Dartmouth invited to the Rose Bowl? A major college… Continue reading

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Dear Dr. Seuss

Like the rest of the country, we have had school children on our minds this week. We were reminded of a batch of very sweet letters in our Ted Geisel collection addressed to Dr. Seuss. It seemed like a good time to share a few, as well as one of Seuss’… Continue reading

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Nature Printing

Natural history in the nineteenth century strove to describe and classify everything in the living world. Museums were bulging at the seams with specimens and catalogs listing and illustrating classes of life proliferated. For some in the field, tradit… Continue reading

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“My Work Did Not ‘Evolve’”

“My work did not ‘evolve’ into a serious work. It started like that,” states a somewhat testy J. R. R. Tolkien in response to a request for information about himself and his books from Miss Bradley at the London office of the New York Times. Tolkien, … Continue reading

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By the Author of ‘Jane Eyre’

A while back we blogged about the first edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The publisher promoted the book with the suggestion that it was written by Charlotte Bronte (rather than Anne).  Well, we just acquired the first American edition of W… Continue reading

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De architectura

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman of the first-century B.C. He served in several of Julius Caesar’s campaigns, most likely as an engineer responsible for the construction and maintenance of the army encampment. Little else is known about his life sav… Continue reading

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Before He Was Anybody

Peter Rabbit is one of the most famous characters in the world of children’s literature. But he wasn’t always that well known. In fact, as with almost every other author, Beatrix Potter was initially unable to find a publisher for her story due to the … Continue reading

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The Playfully Morbid World of Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey described his mission in life as “to make everybody as uneasy as possible… I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.” As a writer and artist, Gorey has created his own uneasy world, through th… Continue reading

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