Book reviews, Conan Doyle, Arthur, The Poison Belt, Writers

REVIEW: The Poison Belt, Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)

Book review - The Poison Belt: Being An Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger by Arthur Conan Doyle. Today is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930). So it seems fitting to post a review of one of his stories: The Poison Belt. One of my favourite… Continue reading REVIEW: The Poison Belt, Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)

Boswell, James, Quotes, Writers

11 quotes from James Boswell

Today is the anniversary of the death of James Boswell (b.29 October 1740 – d.19 May 1795). Boswell was a Scottish landowner, biographer and diarist, best known for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). There is a Boswell Society here on WordPress. Boswell famously quoted Dr Johnson as saying: “No man but a blockhead ever… Continue reading 11 quotes from James Boswell

Audio, Haggard, H. Rider, King Solomons Mines, Multimedia, Writers

Interview: Roger Luckhurst on Rider Haggard & King Solomon’s Mines

Listen here for an interview with Roger Luckhurst by Oxford Academic (OUP) on H. Rider Haggard and King Solomon's Mines. Roger was editor of the Oxford World's Classics edition of King Solomon's Mines. About 16 minutes long - I found it enjoyable and enlightening. About the author: Roger Luckhurst has written widely on Victorian popular fiction,… Continue reading Interview: Roger Luckhurst on Rider Haggard & King Solomon’s Mines

Life in the Long 19th Century, Photographs, Writers

Photograph (1840) – My grandpa met Shakespeare!

This woman was born in 1746 and could easily have met someone able to say "My grandfather knew William Shakespeare". This is a Daguerreotype photograph of Hannah Stilley, aged 94 (b.1746). This is a woman born into a world when the American colonies were yet to revolt, when Samuel Johnson was working on his A… Continue reading Photograph (1840) – My grandpa met Shakespeare!

Austen, Jane, Books & art, Paintings, Pride and Prejudice, Quizzes, puzzles & humour, Quotes, Readers reading, Writers

Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Readers reading #8 I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kiss kiss. https://uk.pinterest.com/longvictorian2/jane-austen/ The 'Readers reading' series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017). Readers reading #1.… Continue reading Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Illustrations from early additions of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Alec and Tess plus Angel and Tess
Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles

No.2. Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) We continue our worst couples run down with Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman. It is a remarkable novel, full of interesting things and wonderful writing. And no less than two rotten relationships. Spoiler alert! Angel and Tess: This… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Angel & Tess and Alec & Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Three images - two photographs of real life people with a claim to have had Tess of the d'Urbervilles based on them. Also a photograph of actress Justine Waddell from a TV adaptation of the book
Book trivia, Hardy, Thomas, Photography, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Writers

Will the real Tess d’Urberville please stand up

I enjoyed the BBC Radio 4 programme In Our Time this week - a discussion of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. A point made was that Hardy is said to have claimed that Tess's appearance was based on Lady Agatha Thornycroft (nee Cox) - wife of the famous Victorian sculptor, Sir Hamo Thornycroft. However, there is… Continue reading Will the real Tess d’Urberville please stand up

Book trivia, Collins, Wilkie, The Woman in White, Worst couples in literature

11 worst couples in literature: Laura Fairlie & Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White

No.3. Laura Fairlie and Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) * * Spoiler alert - don't read this if you haven't yet read the book * * Oh dear - this marriage was spectacularly doomed from the start. The utterly broke Sir Percival Glyde can appear charming and gracious, but he's… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Laura Fairlie & Sir Percival Glyde from The Woman in White