Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (1)

Items added to the Wren Digital Library over the past few weeks include a French translation of St Augustine's De Civitate Dei (R.17.23), a volume which probably belonged to Thomas Becket (B.3.12), an anthology containing marginal commentaries in decorative shapes (O.3.57) and two printed plays by Shakespeare from the Capell Collection (Capell *.19[1] and Capell …

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

This month sees the release of the film 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' based on the life of the mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). Parts of the film were shot here at Trinity College. Some of his papers (Add.ms.a.94) are deposited in the College Library and can be consulted online via the Wren Digital Library. Ramanujan …

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Photograph of the Month: A. E. Housman

The 80th anniversary of the death of the classical scholar and poet A. E. Housman is on the 30th of this month. Housman was the Kennedy Professor of Latin at Trinity from 1916 onwards. The Wren Library has an autograph copy of his best-known collection, A Shropshire Lad, given by Housman in 1926. Housman published …

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Vortigern: A Shakespearean April Fool rediscovered after 220 years

The Wren Library was recently presented with a fascinating volume of documents of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including the signed manuscript of his little-known play Vortigern. Only a handful of examples of Shakespeare’s handwriting are known to survive, and this new discovery plays a fascinating role in the history of Shakespearean authorship.   The manuscript …

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