Yuletide Books: On display now in the Maryland Room

Yuletide Books From Special C

Get into the holiday spirit than by visiting the Special Collections Literature and Rare Books Collection in Hornbake Library! On display now in the Maryland Room are books written by celebrated authors about the holiday season or retelling classic tales. Visit the UMD Libraries hours website for our holiday hours – you definitely don’t want to miss this display!

The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore Yuletide books by Alcott, Mencken, and HemingwayCharles Dickens: A Christmas Carol miniature bookDisplay Case

Books featured in the display include:

  • The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore. Porter & Caotes: Philadelphia, 1883
  • A Christmas Story, Katherine Anne Porter. Mademoiselle: New York, 1958
  • The Cultivation of Christmas Trees, T.S. Eliot. Farrar, Straus and Cudahy: New York
  • Two Christmas Tales, Ernest Hemingway. The Hart Press: Berkeley, 1959
  • A Christmas Dream, Louisa May Alcott. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston. 1901
  • The Wood-Pile, Robert Frost. Spiral Press: New York, 1961
  • Christmas Verse. Oxford University Press: New York, 1945
  • The Untold Adventures of Santa Claus, Ogden Nash. Little, Brown & Co.: Boston, 1962
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens. G. Routledge: London, 1880
  • Old Christmas, Washington Irving. Judd and Dettweiler: Washington, 1934
  • Come Christmas: A selection of Christmas poetry, song, drama, and prose, Lesley Frost. Coward-McCann Inc.: New York, 1935

Featured Novelist from Special Collections: Hope Mirrlees


NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – occurs annually every November. Join us each week as we celebrate the life of a novelist represented in the University of Maryland Special Collections!

This week’s novelist is Hope Mirrlees. Her fiction includes  Madeleine: One of Love’s Jansenists, Lud-in-the-Mist, and Counterplot. Although printed copies of Mirrlees’s work are rare, Lud-in-the-Mist gained more recent popularity as a science fiction novel.

Learn more about Hope Mirrlees

Hope Mirrlees and Jane Harrison


Hope Mirrlees papers at UMD

Collected Poems, by Hope Mirrlees; ed. Sandeep Parmar.

‘The Lure of the Archive’: Dr Sandeep Parmar on the Archives of Hope Mirrlees and Mina Loy
The Carcanet Blog

Hope-in-the-mist : the extraordinary career and mysterious life of Hope Mirrlees
by Michael Swanwick (nearest copy available at Library of Congress)

Jane Harrison Collection: the Hope Mirrlees Papers
Newnham College Archives, Cambridge

T.S. Eliot Collection and Lady Ottoline Morrell papers at UMD

Neil Gaiman reccommends Hope Mirrlees’s Lud-in-the-Mist

Featured Novelist from Special Collections: Ferdinand Reyher


NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – occurs annually every November. Join us each Monday as we celebrate the life of a novelist represented in the University of Maryland Special Collections!

This week’s novelist is German-American Ferdinand Reyher. Ferdinand Reyher’s fiction includes The Man, the Tiger, and the Snake (1921), published by Putnam, and I Heard Them Sing (1946), published by Little, Brown.

I selected Reyher as this week’s novelist because of the vast breadth of his fascinating life and works, as well as his involvement with such incredible people. If you get a chance, visit Hornbake’s Maryland Room and request Series 6, Boxes 1 and 2 of the Ferdinand Reyher papers. These are the photographs, which, though under copyright and therefore not in this post, provide amazing insight into this author’s community.
– Sarah Espinosa, Student Assistant in Special Collections

Who is Ferdinand Reyher?
(from ArchivesUM)

Ferdinand Reyher was born to German immigrants Max and Lina Reyher on July 6, 1891, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned a master’s degree in English from Harvard University in 1913 and taught English for one year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then became a war correspondent in Europe from 1915 to 1916 for newspapers including the Boston Globe, the Boston Post, and the New York Evening Sun. After covering the war, Reyher moved back to the United States, settling in New York City.

A novelist, journalist, film doctor and screenwriter, playwright and poet, Ferdinand Reyher produced volumes of notes, research, and prose. He was interested in many topics, especially American folklore, and conceived many book projects, including a history of poker. Reyher was active in Hollywood at several studios, including RKO, MGM, and Paramount. Reyher died on October 24, 1967, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Interesting facts about Ferdinand Reyher
(from ArchivesUM)

  • In 1917, Ferdinand Reyher married Rebecca Hourwich, the head of the Boston and New York offices of the National Women’s Party, a prominent political and women’s rights activist, and author. The Reyhers’ marriage ended in divorce in 1934.

    Zhang Ailing/Eileen Chang

    Zhang Ailing/Eileen Chang (Wikipedia)

  • Reyher married Chinese writer and translator Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing) in August 1956. Best known in America for her novels The Rice Sprout Song (1955) and The Rouge of the North (1967), Chang remains a popular author in China and Taiwan.
  • Ferdinand and Rebecca Hourwich Reyher’s only child, Faith, was born in 1919. After retiring as head mistress of the Academy of the Washington [D.C.] Ballet, Faith published Pioneer of Tropical Landscape Architecture: William Lyman Phillips in Florida (1997) and Meadow, Fugue and Descant, a novel (2002).

    Bertolt Brecht (Wikipedia)

  • Ferdinand Reyher was among those who helped to extricate German playwright, poet, and dramatic theorist Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) and his family from Nazi Germany in 1941. He also actively promoted the translation and performance of Brecht’s work in the United States. Reyher and Brecht made attempts to collaborate on various works.
  • Reyher was an acquaintance of various literary figures such as James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, and Ezra Pound and corresponded with Ford Maddox Ford, Wallace Stevens, and Sinclair Lewis. Reyher also intereacted and corresponded with many prominent photographers of the twentieth century, including Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Beaumont Newhall, and Todd Webb. Friends and correspondents from Reyher’s Hollywood years include actor and director John Huston and his wife Dorothy; actor and producer Paul Henreid; screenwriters Frank “Spig” Wead and Dale Van Every; and director Leopold Jessner. Other notable correspondents include journalist George Seldes, publisher John Rodker, musician George Antheil, and artists Lee Hersch and William and Marguerite Zorach.
Ferdinand Reyher papers at the University of Maryland, Special Collections: Literature and Rare Books Collections

Ferdinand Reyher papers at the University of Maryland, Special Collections: Literature and Rare Books Collections

UMD Resources related to Ferdinand Reyher

Archival material:
Ferdinand Reyher papers
Faith Reyher Jackson papers
Archives of the International Brecht Society (Unprocessed; contact Anne Hudak or Jason Speck)

Bertolt Brecht’s American cicerone : with an app. containing the complete correspondence between Bertolt Brecht and Ferdinand Reyher
UMCP HBK Maryland Room Archives, Reference
PT2603.R397 Z74594 1978

Zhang Ailing yu Laiya
UMCP McKeldin Library East Asia Chinese Language Stacks
PL2837.E35 Z98 1996

Why William Morris?

William Morris

William Morris

The Special Collections curators spent the last year hard at work preparing the current exhibit How We Might Live: The Vision of William Morris. We  felt Morris was deserving of this exhibit because of the breadth of resources concerning Morris in Special Collections and because he was such a remarkable person. The curators realized that we had a rich collection of Morris’ writings, translations, and Kelmscott Press publications (and ephemera from Kelmscott Press). The University of Maryland Libraries had also recently purchased a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer and felt an exhibit the perfect opportunity to show off this gorgeous book.

In addition to showing off the excellent William Morris collection here in Special Collections, the curators were inspired by William Morris’ take on life. He was a man who always strove to improve the world around him. He wrote stories because he wanted to entertain and inspire people. Morris began a home decorating business, Morris & Co., because he wanted people to have beautiful and affordable decorations in their homes. He was a founding member of the historic preservation movement in Britain as well as the socialist movement. He cared about providing workers with meaningful work and making sure that the efforts of workers from previous eras was maintained. What do you find admirable about William Morris?

Testudo visits the Special Collections!

We were thrilled to have Testudo (the University of Maryland mascot) recently visit us in Special Collections! We had a lot of fun teaching him about researching primary sources, online finding tools at UMD, and the many collections available for research. He decided to create a Flickr photo-guide for using the Special Collections. Visit it at ter.ps/19h and let us know if it helps you too!

Picture of Testudo in the Special Collections