Literary and Popular Works

This case explores the influence of the night sky on the work of poets and writers, from 19th-century romantic poetry to science fiction. The image on the poster comes from the dust jacket of the 1958 novel Tom Swift in the Race to the Moon, which reflects a whimsical fascination with space travel, but also suggests the more political preoccupations of the United States during the cold war era.

Exhibit Poster of Cover of Tom Swift's Race to the Moon

Appleton, Victor. 1958. Tom Swift in the race to the moon, Tom Swift, Jr. adventure series. New York: Grosset. Special Collections Research Center, University Of Chicago. PZ265.A66T62 1958

Title page of The Comet

Milns, William. 1817. The comet, or, He would be an astronomer a farce in two acts, Variation: Three centuries of drama.; American, 1714-1830.; Three centuries of English and American plays, 1500-1830. Baltimore: Printed and published by J. Robinson.