Tag Archives: 19th Century

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave: A Brief Consideration

I’ll wager that you’ve never seen anyone whipped. I’ve read about it in books often enough. In C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower books, it’s referred to as “kissing the gunner’s daughter,” because the sailor who committed the offence against the ship’s … Continue reading

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Books in Groups: Fit the First

So today is another #DarwinDay, an annual event commemorating the birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin, born this day in 1809. In honour of that fact… look, I made a pretty picture on the carpet: Since I’ve been in a … Continue reading

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Uncle Silas, by J.S. Le Fanu: A Review

For me, Sheridan Le Fanu is best known for two things: for having written ghost stories that appear in nearly every anthology of 19th century English mystery, suspense, and Gothic fiction (The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories is just … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne: A Review

Jules Verne is known as the one of the first writers of science fiction, penning imaginative tales before Wells, before Conan Doyle, and certainly before Edgar Rice Burroughs, and in one sense or another all of these latter three owe him … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Phonograph, 1877-1977, by Roland Gelatt: A Review

The 1977 reissue of Roland Gelatt’s 1950s book on the history of the phonograph is a fascinating voyage through the comparatively short history of recorded sound. Unfortunately, stopping as it does in 1977, the book does not cover the digital … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard: A Review

Having been nursing a growing interest in late 19th century America for a few years now, Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic seemed a logical choice for me to pick up. It has been compared to Erik Larsen’s The Devil in the … Continue reading

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Selected Short Stories, by Guy de Maupassant: A Brief Review

This collection of Guy de Maupassant’s short fiction is composed of thirty tales translated from the French by Roger Colet. Several of the tales, particularly Boule de Suif, Two Friends, In the Spring, A Duel, The Devil, and The Horla (this last story often anthologized, and rightly … Continue reading

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