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History & Culture

'History and culture' aims to provide you with interesting and easily accessible materials which relate to the history of the Esperanto movement and to the culture surrounding it. If you have suggestions for additions, then please let us know.

 

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Esperanto Literature

Concise Encyclopaedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto - If you have any lingering doubts about the scope, variety and value of Esperanto literature, then consult this excellent reference work by Geoffrey Sutton. Compiled with dedication over several years, it is a detailed and factual work covering the development of Esperanto Literature, its authors and their works.

Concise Encyclopaedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto 1887-2007 by Geoffrey Sutton.
New York: Mondial, 2008. x + 728 pp. Format: 6" x 9" (152 x 229 mm). ISBN 978-1-59569-090-6.

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No home Esperanto library should be without a copy and the work is a must for all local town libraries, University and College libraries.

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Star in a Night Sky - an anthology of Esperanto literature - An outstanding collection of original Esperanto literature with high-quality English translations.

Star in a Night Sky, A bilingual anthology of Esperanto Literature; Lesser Used Languages of Europe Series Volume Five. Edited by Paul Gubbins. Francis Boutle Publishers, Paperback, 520 pages, ISBN 9781903427729

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Esperanto Theatre

La Duonokulvitro - a DVD, suitable for computer or television, including a 14-minute film of the 'Duonokulvitro', with optional subtitles, the text, consolidation exercises and an essay by Paul Gubbins. 'La Duonokulvitro' is an amusing monologue; the first known piece written for the theatre in Esperanto, originally published in 1905. Written by Aŭgusto Baissac, it is performed here by Colin Simmonds in the grounds of Wedgwood Memorial College.

The film won a prize at the Belartaj Konkursoj de UEA in 2005.

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Tiel Sonis...

The Tiel Sonis... series, produced by UEA, are CDs of authentic recordings drawn from the archives of the Biblioteko Hector Hodler. Put together and edited by Ziko Marcus Sikosek, the CDs give a valuable insight into Esperanto 'life' as it was. The extracts are reproduced here with the permission of UEA and the Biblioteko Hector Hodler.

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Four CDs are now available:

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History & Culture - books

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La Brita Esperantisto

This is the regular Esperanto-language journal of the Esperanto-Association of Britain, and contains general-interest articles and stories in rigorously-checked Esperanto. You can read articles from its online archive of back issues.

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Hector Hodler Library Excursion

The UEA Library in Rotterdam, the Hector Hodler Library, contains a wealth of material; not only books, periodicals, magazines etc but also photos, postcards and a range of other pictoral materials. These pages present a few of these 'lesser known' but very interesting archives from 1908 onwards.