Book review – The Disintegration Machine by Arthur Conan Doyle (Professor Challenger #5). 1929. Regular readers of The Long Victorian blog will have observed that I am an enthusiastic reader of thumping good yarns. Not only does this sort of writing bring happiness to many, they are much harder to write than most suppose. Try… Continue reading Book review: The Disintegration Machine by Arthur Conan Doyle
This is supposed to be a fun post, not serious research. However it is based on something that I'm interested in, the idea of the doppelganger (a ghostly double). See my previous post, 'Rossetti and the doppelgängers'. Every now and then, when looking at Long Victorian photographs and paintings, I see a face that immediately… Continue reading Proof we all have Victorian doppelgangers – spooky!
A topic that I have been interested in for some time is the idea of the doppelgänger. And I’m not the only person to be intrigued by the notion of a mysterious double and what it might mean. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) was fascinated by the possibility of the doppelgänger, the seeing of which is… Continue reading Rossetti and the doppelgangers
Crime in a rapidly changing society Reading the novels of Jane Austen one might be forgiven for thinking that hers was a calm and relaxing period in which to live (1775-1817). “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” ― Jane Austen Far from it. The economy of the country was going… Continue reading Old Police Cells Museum & Victorian crime
Yes - these are real Victorian design patents. We might laugh at some of them now, but they represent the hopes and dreams of a previous age. A design patent is a form of legal protection granted to the ornamental design of a functional item. But enough of that, here are ten of my favourites:… Continue reading 10 patents for mad Victorian inventions
The peculiar life & times of Flaming June: "The most wonderful painting in existence". A world renown Pre-Raphaelite piece of art - that will take us from Clapham Common to Puerto Rico, but carefully avoiding Andrew Lloyd Webber's lefty granny.
H.G. Wells out of copyright - watch this space It's not often that an advert (left) tempts me to blog, but as it's about H.G. Wells, I'll make an exception with a brief post. " Leading classic book publisher Wordsworth Editions has released eight H.G. Wells titles, seven of which – including The War Of… Continue reading H.G. Wells out of copyright – watch this space
Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien - 125 today If you have time today, raise a glass of your favourite beverage to “Ronald” Tolkien, philologist, and Oxford professor. 125 today. You might also know him as J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. And the man… Continue reading Happy Birthday, J. R. R. Tolkien – 125 today
Mozart tops the charts, despite inability to tour According to this piece in Atlas Obscura, the artist who sold the most CDs in 2016 wasn't Beyonce, Adele, or Bowie ... it was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). If true, that's an impressive achievement given that the artist has been unable to tour for 225 years due… Continue reading In 2016 Mozart Sold More CDs Than Beyoncé
Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) On 5 December 1830, the English poet and writer, Christina Rossetti was born. Having a big reputation in a past century doesn't guarentee that anyone reads you today. For proof of this see a previous blog post The 100 Best Novels, a list from 1898, many names on this list are… Continue reading Happy birthday, Christina Rossetti, poet & writer