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Jamais Plus! French Translations and Illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

(The following is a post by Kitty Bell, Intern, European Division.) Published in 1845, American writer and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven,” soon found its way into the literary life of France. The author Alexandre Dumas (1802-70) even claimed in a letter that Poe (1809-49) had been to France for a brief stay. […]

The Strange Tales from Liaozhai

(The following is a post by Jeffrey Wang, reference specialist for the Chinese Collection, Asian Division.) The “Strange Tales from Liaozhai” (Liao zhai zhi yi 聊齋誌異), written in classical Chinese, is a collection of short stories from the early Qing dynasty (1644-1912). It consists of 491 tales in 16 volumes, mostly stories about fox-fairies, flower-spirits, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/26/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Research Orientation: European Reading Room (Newly added!) A tour of the European Reading Room, and an orientation to the Library’s European collections, is being offered on Tuesday, October 30th from […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/19/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, October 23, 2018, noon – 1 p.m. Book Talk: Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884-1914 The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division and the Music Division of […]

“Oryun haengsilto”: A Guide to Confucian Values from Korea’s Choson Dynasty (1392-1910)

(The following is a post by Sonya Lee, Korea reference specialist, Asian Division.) An 1859 edition of the well-known Confucian work, “Oryun haengsilto” 五倫行實圖  (“Illustrated guide to the five relationships”), is one of some 3,500 volumes held in the Korean rare books collection in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. This work exemplifies […]

The Georgian Collections of the Library of Congress, Part II: The 20th and 21st Centuries

The history of Georgia and the growth of the Georgian language and ancillary collections at the Library of Congress is the tale of three republics. The first independent Republic of Georgia was established in 1918 following the end of World War I and the dissolution of the Russian Empire. That Republic’s fall to the Bolsheviks […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/12/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 4 p.m. Reading & Conversation with Cristina Rivera Garza 2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration The Mexican novelist will read from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with translators Suzanne Jill […]

Archive of Hispanic Literature launches new online recordings

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) Among the various ways that the Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is by launching, during this special commemoration, new digital material on the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT). For the past three years, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/5/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of […]

New Videos 10/2/2018

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division TITLE: Popular Iranian Cinema Before the Revolution (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Pedram Partovi EVENT DATE: 2018/04/04 […]