|(from The Book of Days)|
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
|"Holding out their little hands, with their hearts in them, to receive something!"|
Thursday, November 22, 2012
|"More Turkey", from "Thanksgiving in the Country", Scribner's, December 1871|
- Louisa May Alcott, "An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving", from Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Volume 6 (1882).
- Harriet Prescott Spofford, "A Thanksgiving Breakfast", Harper's New Monthly Magazine (December 1895).
- Rose Terry Cooke, "How Celia Changed Her Mind", from Huckleberries Gathered from New England Hills (1891) (and make sure to check out the table of contents - two other stories with Thanksgiving in the title!).
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
|"Jeff Davis Reaping the Harvest", Harper's Weekly, October 26, 1861 (via Library of Congress)|
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
|From E.D.E.N Southworth's The Haunted Homestead: and Other Nouvellettes (1860)|
Monday, October 22, 2012
|"October" - harvesting pumpkins - from Appletons' Journal, 1869|
"The following notes contain, in a journal form, the simple record of those little events which make up the course of the seasons in rural life, and were commenced two years since, in the spring of 1848, for the writer's amusement." So begins Susan Fenimore Cooper's delightful Rural Hours (1850).
Friday, October 19, 2012
|"The Pumpkin Effigy", from Harper's Weekly, November 23, 1867, reprinted in The Ladies' Floral Cabinet, 1875 (via)|
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Love Tests of Hallowe'en", published in Graham's Magazine, September 1849 (and reprinted in Arthur's Sketches of Life and Character (1850)).
Monday, October 15, 2012
Today's story: the curiously named "Clara Lawson; or, The Rustic Toilet", written by Nathaniel Covington Brooks and published in Godey's Lady's Book in 1836, available here.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|George Cruikshank, "The Vault", from William Harrison Ainsworth's Rookwood (1834)|
Monday, October 8, 2012
|George Cruikshank, "Witches Frolic"|
Friday, October 5, 2012
|From this 1796 edition|
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
|From The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities (1832)|
Monday, October 1, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
|From this 1825 edition of James Thomson's The Seasons|
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I missed Walter Scott's birthday - August 15th, for those of you who want to send a card next year. If this had been 1871 instead of 2012, I probably wouldn't have made that mistake.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
New York Times reported that the Times-Picayune looks set to face severe cuts, including the loss of a daily edition. Gambit covers the reaction here. This is depressing for a whole hosts of reasons, not least because the paper, in one form or another, has been a vital part of city life (and literature) for 175 years.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
|Kipling, at home in Vermont|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|William Waud, "Landing of Captain Bailey and Lieutenant Perkins on the Levee, New Orleans [. . .] to Demand the Surrender of the City", from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated History of the Civil War (New York: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1895)|
Saturday, April 14, 2012
William S. McFeely's biography of Ulysses S. Grant I was amused by the future president's encounter with a group of riverboat gamblers in 1844.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Little Women (1868-9) a good handful of times by now, and every time one moment has given me pause.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Blood Horses recently, I was delighted to be introduced to the extraordinary misadventures of John Robert Shaw, Well-Digger, pictured above sans a few body parts. I was equally delighted to discover that his madcap 1807 autobiography is available in full here.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The Gilded Age (1873) this week for the first time in a few years, I was interested to find early evidence of Twain's apparently profound and persistent dislike of Walter Scott (the kind of thing that would find much fuller and franker expression in, say, Life on the Mississippi (1883)).