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Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley – Mimi Matthews

“Sir,—I am a dressmaker, living in a large West-end house of business. I work in a crowded room with twenty-eight others. This morning one of my companions was found dead in her bed, and we all of … 19 more words

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Twelve Victorian Era Tips on the Etiquette of Ladylike Letter Writing

“The palm of good letter-writing has been universally awarded to the fair sex.”
Etiquette of Good Society, 1893.

For Victorian ladies, there was much more to letter writing than simply dashing off a note. 1,095 more words

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What Oscar Observed

When I had a hankering recently for The Importance of Being Earnest, I hastened to the library and grabbed-up an audio collection entitled The Oscar Wilde Collection… 127 more words

Samsara: Chapter 10 - Algernon and Dante (excerpt)

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Algernon was high. He sat on his chaise listening to Dante read lines from his latest poem. Algernon looked around the room he that he considered as his “creative” space. 745 more words


Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House - Favorite Plays

 Perhaps, my favorite would have to be Ibsen’s A Doll House, especially for its shocking ending (and not because I haven’t read the others…) Without spoilers, Ibsen was inspired by the belief that “a woman cannot be herself in modern society,” since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint.” Ibsen himself used the most subtle details including the concept of mimetic and diegetic space, sartorial metaphors (think Sailor Moon transformations but more meaningful), and much more in his depiction of the relations between the wife and husband in a traditional Victorian household (thanks, AP English Literature). 88 more words

Frigates, Treasure, Snobbery, and Jane Austen, Guest Post by Antoine Vanner

In October 2016 when Antoine Vanner posted this piece on his Dawlish Chronicles blog, I asked his permission to repost it here. At the time, he asked me to wait for a bit. 2,353 more words

British History

Britannia's Amazon

Britannia’s Amazon is the fifth book in Antoine Vanner’s Dawlish Chronicles, and Captain Nicholas Dawlish’s beloved wife is given an adventure of her own while her husband is in Korea. 240 more words