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‘How We Might Live’ features ‘Good King Wenceslas’

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Every month, How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris, an exhibit highlighting the life and work of English designer and author William Morris (1834-1896), will showcase a new Morris-related item.

Visit the Maryland Room Gallery in Hornbake Library in December to view  Good King Wenceslas, published in 1895 with  illustrations by Arthur J. Gaskin. William Morris wrote a short introduction for this classic Christmas carol.  He wrote of the importance of medieval history, but also spoke of a personal connection to the carol:

 “The legend itself is pleasing and a genuine one, and the Christmaslike quality of it, recalling the times of my boyhood, appeals to me at least as a happy memory of past days”.

Morris also praised Gaskin’s illustrations.  Gaskin was a influential artist in the Arts & Crafts movement and close friend of William Morris.  He created several woodcut illustrations for Morris’s Kelmscott Press books.  December flies by on campus, so come to the Maryland Room Gallery in Hornbake Library to view Good King Wenceslas before it is too late.

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Special Collections and University Archives, located in Hornbake Library North at the University of Maryland, serves as a gateway to many valuable resources, including state of Maryland and historical collections, university archives, literature and rare books, mass media and culture collections, and labor history collections. For information, call us at 301-405-9212 or visit http://www.lib.umd.edu/special/home.

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