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Literary treasures from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries

“Where can you find locks of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s and Mary Shelley’s hair alongside the fragments of Sappho’s poetry? At the Bodleain Libraries in Oxford, England. And also in the book “Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Bodleian Libraries.” The book includes writings and drawings and ephemera dating from ancient times — Sappho’s fragments are from the 2nd century AD — to the 20th century. Over all that time what constitutes genius has changed.” (via LA Times)

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Oxfam donates archive to Bodleian Library

“The records of 70 years of struggle to keep the world from starving, encapsulated in 10,000 boxes of archive material of Oxfam, have been donated to the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The charity operates across the world, but began life as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief. The first meeting was held in 1942 at the university church, St Mary the Virgin, a stone’s throw from the Bodleian.”

via Guardian

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Bodleian’s battered Shakespeare First Folio to be put on internet

“Before they laid a finger on the battered, brown-leather book, the conservators at the Bodleian library in Oxford just sat and stared at it, working out how to do as little as possible. The sorry-looking volume is one of the most famous books in the world: the  1623 First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare, published within seven years of his death by his friends and fellow actors, and the only reason the world inherited plays including The  Tempest, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.”

via The Guardian

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Bodleian Library considers lending books after 410 years

“Considered hallowed ground for academic researchers, all those who enter have been forced to sign a pledge undertaking not to remove any books from there. Now all could be about to change. Plans are being discussed to allow students to borrow books from the Bodeian for the first time, and the very idea has caused a stir amongst academics and students.”

via Telegraph

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