Posted at 4:29 pm , on June 21, 2016
Check out the new series on the Magdalene College Cambridge libraries’ website looking at the college’s historic collections of manuscripts, first editions, letters and diaries.
This series of posts follows on from the highly successful end-of-year exhibition, which included manuscripts by Kipling and Hardy, a script of Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey and exhibits which recorded draft-by-draft the process of writing and rewriting by poets such as John Mole (see picture), T S Eliot and I A Richards. Over the forthcoming weeks, posts will include explorations of the legacy of many writers and poets associated with the College from Samuel Pepys and Dorothy Pilley to Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy.
Posted at 1:19 pm , on February 28, 2015
AFTER THREE YEARS in preparation, the facsimile of this thoroughly intriguing manuscript of Rudyard Kipling’s poems, which was presented to Magdalene College by his widow, will be published in March. Cambridge University Press has worked closely with the College to produce a superb volume, which shows the early versions of both well-known and less well-known poems in Kipling’s own hand. Written originally on thin blue paper, the manuscript illuminates the way Kipling worked and reworked his poems, as well as preserving many doodles and squiggles which provide a wonderful and evocative sense of the poet sitting at his desk. It is possible to pre-order the book on line. http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-1830-1900/kipling-cambridge-manuscript-31-autograph-poems-presented-magdalene-college-cambridge