Author Archives: Abigail Dairaghi

“Worlds filled with poetry and prose and fact and fantasy”

Celebrated for her poetry and children’s literature books, Eleanor Farjeon was born into a literary family. With a British novelist Father, it is no surprise that Eleanor and two of her three brothers went on to literary fame themselves. Eleanor … Continue reading

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l’Amazone

Natalie Clifford Barney is an American writer and queer icon of the 20th century, known for her literary salon in Paris which she hosted for over 60 years. Inspired by the works of Sappho, Barney is known for her themes … Continue reading

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Commemoration of Tulsa Race Massacre

Today we recognize the 101 year commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. During the atrocities, 35 blocks of the prospering Black neighborhood of Greenwood were burned and destroyed by white mobs. Hundreds of people were murdered and thousands were … Continue reading

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The Tribes of North America

Today we are focusing on the illustrated history of some of the Tribes of North America. Let’s celebrate the thriving culture that has prevailed to the current day. Be sure to support Native-owned businesses, read books by Indigenous writers, and … Continue reading

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Sophocles

Greek tragedian Sophocles (roughly 496 BCE-406 BCE) is one of classical Athens’s great playwrights whose work has survived the test of time. As the younger contemporary of Aeschylus and the older contemporary of Euripides, Sophocles wrote over 120 plays. However, only … Continue reading

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Oscar Wilde

St. Patrick’s Day may have passed, but here at Special Collections we are always finding a good reason to celebrate Irish roots. Today we are focusing on Irish poet, playwright, and writer Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. Oscar Wilde was … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras from Special Collections! Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to Pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. This includes the Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia! With the immergence of Christianity, these local traditions were incorporated and … Continue reading

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Ann Radcliffe

Ann Radcliffe (née Ward) (1764-1823) was an English writer in the 18th century and known as a one of the founders of Gothic fiction. As a writer of the early Romantic period, Ann was a pioneer in the genre of … Continue reading

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Laura Riding Jackson

Laura Riding Jackson (1901-1991) was a widely noted poet, essayist, novelist, critic, and writer of short fiction in the 20th century. Born Laura Reichenthal in New York city to Jewish immigrant parents, Laura went on to study at Cornell University where … Continue reading

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You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!

Did you know that the beloved musical Oklahoma! was based on a play by Oklahoma’s own Lynn Riggs? Riggs was born on a farm in Claremore in 1899, in what was then known as Indian Territory. His professional career produced 21 … Continue reading

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