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The Juggler of Notre Dame

Anatole France

Writers, illustrators, and musicians from the Middle Ages to the present have loved this simple, medieval tale. In 1890, Anatole France (1844–1924) adapted the original poem as the short story “Le jongleur de Notre-Dame.” Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to bring this version back into print for the enjoyment of modern audiences, featuring a translation by Jan M. Ziolkowski and Art Deco illustrations by Maurice Lalau (1881–1961), faithfully reproduced from a 1924 printing.

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The Juggler of Notre Dame

Anatole France

In 1890, Anatole France (1844–1924) adapted this medieval French poem as the short story “Le jongleur de Notre-Dame,” republished in 1906 with illustrations by Henri Malteste (1881–1961)—who signed his work “Malatesta”—a specialist in medievalesque illustrations and calligraphy. Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to bring this version back for the enjoyment of modern audiences both young and old, with artwork reproduced from original gouaches, and a translation by Jan M. Ziolkowski facing the French text.

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The Little Juggler

Barbara Cooney

American children’s book author and illustrator Barbara Cooney (1917–2000), a two-time recipient of the Caldecott Medal, made a story of beauty and simplicity to entertain and edify young audiences. In it, she helps them to appreciate how they can offer their services, no matter how humble. Cooney’s gentle masterpiece has lived on from the mid-twentieth century into the present. Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to bring it back to readers once again.

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Juggling the Middle Ages: A Medieval Coloring Book

Maurice Lalau, Henri Morin, Violet Moore Higgins, C. Leroy Baldridge

This simple story has medieval beginnings—a lovely poem often known as “Our Lady’s Tumbler” that dates to the 1230s. Many writers and artists have been inspired by it, and the line art in this coloring book was thoughtfully chosen and carefully prepared from books published a century or so ago. Enjoy the beauty of these illustrations as you add your own colors to the story!

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Jacob the Juggler

Max Bolliger, Štěpán Zavřel

Max Bolliger’s (1929-2013) beautiful retelling of the Juggler’s tale was originally written in German with detailed water-colored woodcut illustrations by Štěpán Zavřel (1932-1999). Since its initial publication in 1991, it has been translated into Italian, French, Dutch, Korean, and Japanese. This edition, translated by Jan Ziolkowski, marks the book’s English-language debut.

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Juggling the Middle Ages: An Exhibition

With full-page images and captivating prose, this exhibition catalogue by the curator and Director of Dumbarton Oaks, Jan Ziolkowski, offers a closer look at the objects on display in “Juggling the Middle Ages.” Follow the path of the Juggler’s tale from the 13th century to present day!

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The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity

Jan Ziolkowski

For those who wish to learn more about the objects and ideas featured in “Juggling the Middle Ages”, the recently published research of exhibition curator Jan Ziolkowski provides a wealth of information. Available for free as a downloadable PDF, The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity is a six volume work by Ziolkowski, Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection and the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin & Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. In many respects, this work functions as an especially robust exhibition catalog and complement to the informative programming throughout the run of “Juggling the Middle Ages”.

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