Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Next Stop . . . Planet Hershel

Posted in Beinecke Library, Modern General Collection by beineckepoetry on September 4, 2012

A late 18th century guide to astronomy listing the most recent observations.
Included in the list of known planets is a then-recent discovery, a planet named “Hershel” –
what is today known as Uranus. Discovered in 1781 by the German polymath, Sir Frederick William Herschel,
the planet was first known as “The Georgian Star”, for Britain’s King George III.
Due to the King’s lack of popularity in France, that country used the name “Hershel”.

Prévost, de S. A. L’astronomie Mise a La Portée De Tout Le Monde: Contenant Un Traité De La Sphère, Un Traité D’astronomie & Un Traité D’uranographie. A Saint Maixent: Chez François Lainé, Imprimeur, 1792.

Synthetic talk, Parody, Defacement, No Authority

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on September 26, 2011

Pages of galley proofs for George W. S. Trow’s landmark essay “Within the Context of No Context”, published in The New Yorker, November 17, 1980.
The working title was “People in the Grid of Two Hundred Million”.

Radiotélégramme

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on December 13, 2010

An urgent plea from George Platt Lynes to Monroe Wheeler, on board the S.S. France, February 19, 1927.

From the Glenway Wescott Papers.

Marianne’s Dressing

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on March 18, 2010

A recipe/letter from Marianne Moore to George Platt Lynes, ca. 1940s.

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