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Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books / Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporáneo

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Be sure to check out the new exhibition opening this Thursday, April 19, on the second floor of Green Library's Bing Wing.

From the exhibition website:

The Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections presents an exhibition of contemporary calligraphic artists' books featuring poetry by Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca, drawings by Manuel Neri, calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire, and bindings by Daniel Kelm. Things that Dream: Contemporary Calligraphic Artists' Books / Cosas que sueñan: Libros de artistas caligráficos contemporáneos will open Thursday, April 19, in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda on the second floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library, Stanford University. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Madame Bovary published on this date in 1857

Gustave Flaubert

It was on this date in 1857 that Madame Bovary was published. A depiction of Emma Bovary's unsatisfying existence with her country doctor husband and of her longing for the kind of life and love she has read about in books, Gustave Flaubert's first novel became a bestseller upon its publication due to its notoriety. Flaubert had been put on trial by public prosecutors for the book's alleged obscenity. (He was acquitted.)

Flaubert is known for taking great pains to achieve "le mot juste"—the precise word or turn of phrase. Madame Bovary includes a line that "human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars."

A haiku and a limerick for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month book display in Green East

April poetry
Come see our new book display
Take some poems home

April's a good month for some poetry
We have a display you should know-etry
Take a look at our table
Check out books -- you are able!
Then bask in the poetic glow-etry

It's the birthday of Eadweard Muybridge

Muybridge race horse

It was on this date in 1830 that photographer Eadweard Muybridge was born in Kingston upon Thames, England. Muybridge emigrated to the United States and in 1855 settled in San Francisco, where he worked first as a bookseller and then as a photographer. In 1872 former governor of California Leland Stanford commissioned Muybridge to settle with photography the question of whether all four of a trotting horse's hooves are off the ground at the same time.

You can read about the photos that resulted—and about the stormy relationship between Muybridge and Stanford—in this Stanford Magazine article.

Today's Google's Doodle celebrates Muybridge's photography, which laid the technological groundwork for motion pictures.

Take a look at SearchWorks for titles and photos by Eadweard Muybridge.

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