March 13: The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757

The NYU Gluckman Ireland House and La Maison Fran├žaise NYU invite you to a co-sponsored event in celebration of the American launch of The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: Correspondence of an Irish Community Abroad.

Thursday, March 13, 7:00 pm
NYU's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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 this book and a major exhibition by GIH at NYU's Bobst Library.

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 Shovelin of NYU will present a behind-the-scenes look at the Bordeaux-Dublin Letters.

This event is free and open to the public. Photo ID is required to enter the library.  RSVP here.
Visit the event page for additional information.