In fall 2014, the CSI Library received an extensive donation of 1,286 books made on behalf of the late Professor Kathryn Talarico who passed away from a battle with cancer on August 16 2014.
Professor Kathryn Talarico, former Chair of the Department of Modern Languages (now World Languages and Literatures) at the College of Staten Island, was a scholar of Medieval French. Professor Talarico began her career with the College of Staten Island in 1991 and retired in 2013. The Department of World Language and Literatures, which she chaired for 15 years, created the Kathryn Talarico French Studies Award to provide financial assistance to CSI students who study abroad in France.
Professor Talarico’s personal library collection mostly contains works of Medieval History, Art, French literature, language learning, and dictionaries. Of the 1,286 books, 554 so far have been cataloged into our library’s collection. We have added books in both the English and French languages. Some notable authors added include Aristotle, Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo, and Lancelot.
Below is a list of some popular titles we received.
The early liturgy to the time of Gregory the Great- BV185 .J813
Literary ideas in 18th century France and England- PQ261 .G75 1966
Two lives of Charlemagne- DC73.32 .T45 1969
The cooking of Vienna’s Empire- TX721 .W4 1974
Illuminated books of the Middle Ages- ND2920 .C28 1983
The Lady as a Saint: A collection of French hagiographic romances of the Thirteenth Century-
PQ1302 .E5 L26 1993
Women, Family, and Society in Medieval Europe: historical essays, 1978-1991- HQ1147 .E85 H47 1995
Medieval French Literature: An introduction- PQ151 .Z5313 1995
Gendering the master narrative: Women and power in the Middle Ages- HQ1143 .G46 2003
French Grammar the easy way- PC2112 .C43 2004
A simple keyword search of Kathryn Talarico’s name in the library’s catalog will retrieve the complete list of books added from the family’s donation.
Information obtained about Professor Talarico’s career was found in the following http://www.csi.cuny.edu/administration/academicaffairs/pdf/message.pdf and http://csitoday.com/2014/04/kathy-talarico-french-studies-award/
Stephanie Fazio, College Assistant
Technical Services Assistant, Cataloguing Unit