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detail from Merlin watercolor

THE MANY FACES OF MERLINAlan Lupack, director of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library and an Arthurian scholar, has drawn on his collection of books and memorabilia to create Merlin the Magician in Literature and Culture, an exhibition exploring various presentations of Merlin as a wizard, a prophet, and a lover. The exhibition also includes popular culture items such as comic books, Merlin nesting dolls, a paperback based on the 1981 television series Mr. Merlin, and a brochure from the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas.

The watercolor above by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale, featured in the exhibition, depicts one version of the King Arthur legend in which the wizard Merlin and his tutor Blaise rescue the baby Arthur from the sea.

"There are different characterizations of Merlin because different people writing about him in different ages have their own agendas and their own ideas of what the story of Arthur and those surrounding him is really about," explains Lupack.

The exhibition continues through October 25 in the Robbins Library, located on the fourth floor of Rush Rhees Library. For more information, call x5-0110.

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