Thoreau, Henry David, Writers

Happy birthday, Henry David Thoreau. 200 years old today (1817-1862). Quotes & thoughts

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Henry Thoreau was many things: an essayist, poet, practical philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor and historian. Those were days when there was still room to do many different things, rather than the intense specialism that is common today. But perhaps most famously, he was author of the book… Continue reading Happy birthday, Henry David Thoreau. 200 years old today (1817-1862). Quotes & thoughts

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Mary Had a Little Lamb music sheet
Audio, Curiosities, History, Multimedia, Music, Science & technology, Writers

OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

On this day in 1830, a poem (later a nursery rhyme) Mary Had a Little Lamb, by Sarah Hale was published. Later in the decade Lowell Mason set the poem to a melody adding repetition in the verses. The poem was the first thing recorded by Thomas Edison on his newly invented phonograph in 1878… Continue reading OTD in 1830 a poem was published, supposedly the first words ever recorded (1878)

Art, Brontë, Charlotte, Brontë, Emily, Collins, Wilkie, Dickinson, Emily, Famous and appreciated … too late, Graphic art, Orwell, George, Pre-Raphaelites, The Woman in White

OTD d. Emily Dickinson – and the benefits of obscurity to a writer

Emily Dickinson - and the benefits of obscurity to a writer Today is the anniversary of the death of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson (10 Dec 1830 – 15 May 1886). Another author from my 'famous and appreciated … too late' series. All quotes in this post are from Emily's writing, unless mentioned otherwise.… Continue reading OTD d. Emily Dickinson – and the benefits of obscurity to a writer

Rider Haggard books as background theme
Audio, Haggard, H. Rider, King Solomons Mines, Quotes, She, Writers

OTD d. H. Rider Haggard – 12 quotes & how to survive reading in the modern era

Today is the anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856 - 1925). Haggard was a Norfolk born English writer famous for his adventure stories, but he also wrote non fiction. His two most popular books were King Solomon's Mines (1885) and She (1886). A Rider Haggard Society (UK) was formed in 1985.… Continue reading OTD d. H. Rider Haggard – 12 quotes & how to survive reading in the modern era

Background 1950s graphic story of the Bronte family
Art, Books & art, Brontë, Anne, Brontë, Charlotte, Brontë, Emily, Graphic art, Writers

Three Sisters of Haworth, the Bronte family in wonderful 1950s graphic art

Three Sisters of Haworth - a graphic story I have two interests that rarely get reflected on this blog. I collect/sell vintage prints (on a small scale) and I'm a fan of the world of speech bubbles (cartoons and graphic art). So I was delighted when my love of these collided with my love of… Continue reading Three Sisters of Haworth, the Bronte family in wonderful 1950s graphic art

Famous and appreciated … too late, Sewell, Anna

Anna Sewell (Black Beauty) & other writers appreciated too late

Famous and appreciated … too late Yesterday I tweeted a short piece on Anna Sewell (1820-78), author of Black Beauty on the anniversary of her death. She was an English novelist, the author of Black Beauty. Born in Norfolk, England into a devout Quaker family. “It is good people who make good places.” It would be… Continue reading Anna Sewell (Black Beauty) & other writers appreciated too late

Book reviews, Conan Doyle, Arthur, The Disintegration Machine

Book review: The Disintegration Machine by Arthur Conan Doyle

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