John Evelyn, the 17th-century diarist whose Restoration diary is recognised as the most extensive and informative record of a momentous period, even advised Samuel Pepys on libraries. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at his legacy.
As oil prices tumble and we face high national debt, it seems particularly appropriate to reflect on the South Sea Bubble, a stock market crash from 300 years ago, and its contemporary documentation. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at the stories behind the headlines that were splashed across […]
Institute of English Studies research fellow, Dr Karen Attar, argues for wider recognition for the achievements of a giant of print.
Mathematician, physicist, inventor, religious controversialist, literary author: in a brief life terminated by a lingering, debilitating illness, Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was nothing if not multi-talented. As the curator of rare books at Senate House Library, I think of Pascal primarily in terms of mathematics, says Dr Karen Attar.
Curator at Senate House Library Dr Karen Attar teases out what makes this novel different, including marriage and morality and clinical depression.
A new database of historic publications motivates Dr Karen Attar to rethink teaching with Senate House Library’s literary treasures.
Senate House Library curator Karen Attar celebrates 250 years of Wordsworth with a look at a rare publication that’s as beautiful in form as in content.
Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library’s curator of rare books and university art, examines Pablo de Santa Maria’s Scrutinium Scripturarum ([Incunabula] 64), a source material in medieval and Renaissance studies and an example of the transition from manuscript to print.
Dr Karen Attar celebrates the life of the great Victorian novelist with a recap of the library’s 1863 edition of Romola, perhaps the least-known and least-read of George Eliot’s novels.
Dr Maria Castrillo and Rebecca Simpson introduce Senate House Library’s new exhibition, ‘Writing in Times of Conflict’. It highlights the power of words to achieve peace and reconciliation in response to conflicts – a very topical theme and quite extensively covered in literature.