College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

English 551 graduate students visit the Huntington Library

In March 2018, Professor Hall's English 551 graduate students gathered at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, for a personalized, curator-led rare book talk. During the talk given by Steve Tabor, Curator of Rare Books, students were delighted by an array of artifacts:

  • a priceless hand-colored illuminated print by William Blake of "Visions of the Daughters of Albion,"
  • a rare edition of George Gordon Byron's Don Juan (1819),
  • a hand-written letter by Percy B. Shelley marketing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein,
  • the 1818 and 1831 editions of Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, and
  • other unique literary texts.

Eighteen eager-eyed students were inspired by the experience and gained a glimpse into the Ahmanson Reading Room, where scholars do their archival research. This seminar in early nineteenth-century British Romanticism featured literary texts based on the organizing principle of the French Revolution.

20 people sit around a table in a meeting room and smile for the camera: 18 students, Dr. Hall, and Steve Tabor, Curator of Rare Books at the Huntington Library