With winter upons, we can certainly get the blues. The snow, the wind and the temperatures can keep us frigid. To combat the winter doldrums, lets warm our minds with tales of Outlaws, of lawlessness, and rugged cowboys. Lets look to the wild west and the blazing sun that shines upon it to heat up the day, From Zane Grey's classic tales, to Clint Eastwood's appearance on the big screen, tales of the wild west vividly take us to a romantic time in American history. These books and integral films will take us back to a period when the west was won, or sometimes lost; a time when the six shooter was the law.
The New Year is almost here! This Sunday night, 2017 will officially be over and a whole new year will begin. If, like us, you feel in need of some advice on how to properly approach 2018, we offer up a few lessons from The Gentleman’s New-Year’s-Gift: or Serious Advice to a Nephew (1792).
As we enter 2018, we will see many books; from new bestsellers to older classics adapted into films. This reading list will give you a heads up as to which books to check out before you see their film counterparts. In the end, which will be told better, the book version, or the film version? You be the judge!
As the year comes to a close and we pass through the holidays, your Redwood Librarians have been revisiting some of our favorite treasures in our collection as we make plans for the new year. These treasures include two illuminated manuscripts by James Eddy Mauran (1817-1888) of Newport.
Here at the Redwood Library, we wish you the happiest and safest of Holidays this season. To get even more into the spirit of the season, please enjoy a few selected books that revolve around the December holidays! Whether you are one for mystery, or in love with the classics; ready to laugh, or be moved by a touching tale, there are selections for everyone to bring holiday cheer!
The Redwood Library & Athenæum holds two copies of the volume Essays on Gothic Architecture. Published in 1800 by Josiah Taylor, a leading publisher of architectural treateases and pattern books, the book comprises a number of short contributions on aspects of medieval architecture by early scholars John Milner, Thomas Warton, James Bentham, and Francis Grose. Sometimes two copies of a book may be so close to one another that a comparison tells us little about the book and about its hidden life.
This week's blog post comes from Redwood Library intern and student at Salve Regina University, Christian Isidoro, who has spent the fall semester at the Redwood working with our Newport Collection of photographs. His valuable work scanning, analyzing, and describing these photos will be accessible online soon and new stories about Newport can be told, like the one he is sharing with us today.
This Thanksgiving weekend, once you’ve had a chance to recover from your feast, we hope you enjoy this round-up of some of our favorite early 20th century Thanksgiving postcards, which were given to the Redwood Library by local bibliophile and former bookstore owner Don Magee. The majority of the cards were sent between 1908 and 1916 and have a turkey sitting front and center, but there are a lot of variations on that theme.
Artistic inspiration is often ephemeral and intangible, but it can also be drawn from the physical world and collected into portfolios and scrapbooks full of ideas. At the Redwood Library, we have two examples of such inspiration from the architect Whitney Warren (1964-1943).