News-sheet — March 2009

I. Latest news

EE in research

Two papers incorporating original research using EE were presented in North America this month.

Dr Neven Leddy (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) gave an in-house paper to an audience of librarians, academics and students illuminating a previously unknown facet of the famous quarrel between David Hume and Jean Jacques Rousseau; this discovery led Dr Leddy back to a little-explored collection of correspondence in an archive in Geneva. Letters from that collection, edited by Dr Leddy, are due to appear in EE towards the end of the year.

At the ACRL convention in Seattle, Isabel Holowaty (History Librarian of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford) gave a luncheon presentation to a packed audience of librarians in which she traced Jeremy Bentham's "acquisition" of his famous enlightened prison, the Panopticon.

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II. Anniversaries

300 years of Robinson Crusoe

Three hundred years ago, in 1709, the sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued from the desert island of Aguas Buenas (now the Isla Robinson Crusoe) in the archipelago of Juan Fernández in the South Pacific, where he had been abandoned four years previously. His experiences inspired what is sometimes called the first novel in English, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, published in 1719. The eighteenth-century view of Robinson Crusoe (both the person and novel) can be seen in letters such as:

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