Monthly Archives: July 2015

Passing the Buck With Syphilis

I found the following bit of information in the book Medicine, Mortality and the Book Trade (eds. Robin Myers and Michael Harris), in Roy Porter's chapter "Reading: A Health Warning". This isn't a specifically Victorian story, but I know perceptions … Continue reading

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Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

It's short story Wednesday! Let's have some Oscar Wilde, shall we? Today I’m recapping an Oscar Wilde 1891 short story called Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime. You can read it here, if you wish. It contains a character in it named … Continue reading

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The original source for this story was the Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough from July 13, 1893. "A young man and a young woman were contesting possession of a piece of property, the one claiming under an old lease, and the … Continue reading

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Ode to a Divorcee

I found this story on Futility Closet here. The original source was The Pleasures of a Single Life, or, The Miseries of Matrimony (1709). Woman, thou worst of all Church-plagues, farewel; Bad at the best, but at the worst a … Continue reading

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Femme Fatale

It's time for the Wednesday Recap! I've started summarizing 19th-century short stories I've read, beginning with Guy de Maupassant's 1881 phallic story of phallic phalluses, "Cockcrow". I'm going to do another Guy de Maupassant 1881 short story today (because he … Continue reading

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A Fight in the Abyss

I just started reading Jack London's 1902 work of immersive journalism, The People of the Abyss. You can read it in full here. He goes undercover as a working-class citizen in London's horrific East End, simply because the class divide … Continue reading

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Johann Beringer and the Lying Stones

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "The trouble with arrogance is that you never know when to turn it off. By all accounts Johann Beringer was insufferable, so two of his colleagues on the University of Würtzburg … Continue reading

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