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Summer Reading List: Essential Keats: Selected by Philip Levine

Summer Reading - Essential Keats

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Essential Keats: Selected by Philip Levine

John Keats was what you would call a punk--constantly getting into fights with other kids--until a schoolmaster lent him a copy of Edmund Spenser's The Fairie Queen. After being exposed to this work John Keats had to be forcibly evicted from the school's library.

Philip Levine writes a good introduction to this edition where he gives a brief account of Keats's short life. It will be reassuring to young poets to learn that John Keats's work wasn't universally accepted when he wrote it. He received harsh criticism, sometimes outright rejection, from some of his contemporaries whose names have since been forgotten except by scholars specializing in 19th century English literature.

This selection contains many jewels, one of which is "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer." Overall, the poetry of John Keats is relevant for any young person whose youth allows them to experience the world with a freshness that has yet to be weathered and eroded by age. His best work is incredibly sensual; resonating deeply for a sensitive reader. Keats was gifted and his magnificent odes, written when he knew he would die within a year, are heartbreakingly beautiful, enduring wonders.

MIKE PALMER Curriculum Planner, College Writing Programs


Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jul 22, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

The Library Welcomes Tiffany Grandstaff

Tiffany Grandstaff

Tiffany Grandstaff has been appointed the Library's Director of Communications.

Tiffany joins us from the Bay Area News Group, where she oversaw visual communication strategy for over twenty-five publications, including the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune. Previous to managing the design, video/photo, graphics, and copy-editing departments in her role as Managing Editor for Presentation at the Bay Area News Group, Tiffany spent three years as their Design Director, and before that, she was Design Director for the San Jose Mercury News. From 2001 to 2006 she worked as a designer for newspapers including the Charlotte Observer (N.C.), the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication from UNC, Chapel Hill, with a concentration in visual communication. You can view her portfolio at tiffanygrandstaff.com/.

In her new role, Tiffany will be leading a team of communicators, providing services to all units of the Library.

Please join us in welcoming her to campus!


Jeff MacKie-Mason
University Librarian

Jul 21, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

Library Guide to the Brexit

UK and EU flags

International Documents Librarian Jim Church has prepared a brief Library guide to scholarly sources on the Brexit as part of his existing European Union guide. Jim notes "that the circumstances of the 'Brexit' or Referendum of the United Kingdom's Membership of the European Union are rapidly evolving. At present most scholarly communication has been published by think tanks and governments." Rather than pointing to popular news analyses, Church has collected here official government statements and publications along with responses from a variety of think tanks.

Jul 15, 2016 | Categories: Library News | chennesy

Van Gogh mystery solved

Vincent van Gogh

The UC Berkeley Public Affairs Office recently spoke to David Faulds, Curator of Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts, about the document that shed new light on the mystery of Van Gogh's ear.

Watch David Faulds discuss the letter found in Irving Stone's papers

Jul 15, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

Summer Reading List: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

A semi-autobiographical novel by Chinese-born author Dai Sijie who also made its movie adaptation in 2002. It tells the story of two teenagers who are sent to the mountains to get re-educated during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and of the adventures resulting from their first encounter with the Western culture through a forbidden book that they come across: a short story, "Ursula," by Honoré de Balzac.

VESNA RODIC Lecturer, French Department


Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jul 12, 2016 | Categories: Featured News | admin

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