Location: Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU, 70 Washington Square South
A collection of 125 letters taken from a captured Irish ship on its return to Dublin from France during the Seven Years’ War and left unopened until 2011 is the basis for The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: Correspondence of an Irish Community Abroad (Vol. 53 of the British Academy’s Records of Social and Economic History, Oxford University Press, 2013).
The themes are universal: there are students asking their parents for money, and fathers chastising their children for being disobedient or lazy. There are love letters, letters filled with petty gossip, and letters expressing the frustrations of Irish prisoners of war languishing in French jails. The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters “reinforce a common humanity across time—the people we see in these letters are no different from people we know today... so once you get beyond the handwriting, 250 years just melts away,” remarks Professor Tom Truxes. Professor Truxes and Professor John Shovlin of NYU will discuss the accompanying exhibition, on view at Bobst Library through April 1, 2014. Click here for more information on the exhibit.
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Co-sponsored with Glucksman Ireland House