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Note from Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West

We have a highly literary book blog post for you all today!

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog or wiki.

Rebecca Sheppard dives into our world renowned Norman Colbeck Collection of nineteenth-century and Edwardian poetry and belles-lettres, and comes up with a breezy and complimentary note written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, the author of The Edwardians.

http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:ENGL419/Books/The_Edwardians

The novel saw a great deal of success for having been written as a “joke” by an author who hoped that “everybody will be seriously annoyed” by it. Rebecca’s wiki discusses Sackville-West, The Edwardians, and other works published by The Hogarth Press. Enjoy!

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Bad boys, bad boys. What’cha gonna do? Apparently fall out of a tree.

Believe it or not, the beginning of the new school year is fast approaching! To start getting into the proper mindset, this week we have an education-themed book blog post.

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog or wiki.

Liam Scanlon’s wiki takes a look at a number of books in RBSC’s historical textbook collection to explore changes in education and expectations of childhood.

http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:Kids_Books_of_New_England

Thankfully, children’s books and school books today are a little less grim and, ah, stringent, than they have been in the past.

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“Vancouver B.C., 1890” by Elliot Pub Co.

Ready for the weekend? Great!

Ready for the fourth in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term? Of course you are!

For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog.

This week, Will McDonald takes a look at a map entitled “Vancouver, B.C., 1890″ and considers the history of the map, what it highlights, and how Vancouver has changed since its creation (spoiler alert: It’s changed a lot!).

http://blogs.ubc.ca/willmcdonald/2015/04/22/vancouver-b-c-1890/

Thanks to historical illustrations and Google maps, Will is able to make some interesting comparisons between Vancouver at the end of the 19th century and today. Enjoy!

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