What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a look at the most romantic proposals in classic literature? The New York Public Library created this list of our five favorite romantic gestures featuring the likes of Jane Austen and Henry James. But more importantly, we want to know which literary expressions of love would you choose? 1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen—Mr. Darcy declares his love to Elizabeth
No way! Way! Party time. Excellent.
WNYC’s Soundcheck is doing a live taping on February 27 at The Library for the Performing Arts. The episode will be a rematch of The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones Smackdown. (Seemed like a good time, what with the Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! exhibition on display here and all.)
Arguing for The Beatles it’s a team of brothers: comedian, actor, and director Mike Myers (Wayne’s World, Austin Powers, and SNL); and writer and musician Paul Myers, author of acclaimed music biographies such as A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio.
For the Stones, it’s comedian and writer Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another; and Bill Janovitz, frontman of the band Buffalo Tom, and author of Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell The Story of The Rolling Stones.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Bill Janovitz, Ophira Eisenberg, Mike Myers and Paul Myers.
It’s not too late to spread love with one of our NYPL Valentine’s Day eCards. Send your loved ones an email that’s sure to bring a smile to their faces!
Wishing all our lovely followers a very happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate we present a few words from the 1892 ballad Dearest, “sung with immense success by Laura Schirmer Mapleson” in the opera comique Fadette. And now, for your enjoyment - the lyrics composed by B. B. Vallentine (we kid you not):
O dearest! O dearest!
Words can never tell…
How strong my love, how pure and true,
you dearest, yes dearest tho’ I love you well
I’d have you love me as I love you,
Love me too… as I love you,
You know I love you well, you know I love you well….
Ah! Love me too.
Today we bid farewell to comic genius Sid Caesar. Above is a photo from LPA’s Billy Rose Theater Collection, which shows the television pioneer mid-sketch with his fabled partner in comedic crime - Imogene Coca.
We enjoyed the show Mr. Caesar and we thank you for the lifetime of laughs you bestowed on us.
If you would like to learn more about the imitable Sid Caesar, the Library has books, movies and cds featuring the legendary comedian.
The Library is open today! So, if you’re out there facing the elements, stop by one of our branches and pick up a good book to keep you company in the snow.
We know this picture is a little sunny for a day like today, but the open door just looked so inviting… plus, we can’t help but love this vintage photo of Great Kills Library from 1935.
The upcoming 2014 season will be Yankee great Derek Jeter’s last as he announced this afternoon that he will be retiring at the end of the season. If there was ever a baseball player who exhibited the virtues of having both “Patience” and “Fortitude” it was Derek Jeter. He also was just a flat out awesome shortstop and winner. So we here at the NYPL congratulate the Yankee Captain and future Hall of Famer on his upcoming retirement… Of course for you folks who want to read more about this Yankee great you can check out several of the books that have been written about him and that can be found at multiple branches of The New York Public Library in Manhattan, Staten Island, and especially the Bronx.
A great quote, from a great man, on a great day - the perfect day to find a good book that’s been discovered by others. In fact, we have a few here to choose from!
It’s a great day for birthdays! Judy Blume and Abraham Lincoln, we envy all of you who celebrate their birthday today! Over 120 years ago Delmonico’s hosted their first annual dinner of NYC’s Republican Club in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s big day… but they weren’t the only ones to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday!