Monthly Archives: August 2015

No One Likes Trollope

We’ve discussed Victorian author Anthony Trollope on this blog a number of times before. He is (in)famous here for writing the most dithering, pointless books I’ve ever had the misfortune to read. I’ve summed up his Can You Forgive Her, … Continue reading

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Henry “Box” Brown

As you know, lately I’ve been reading Kate Thomas’s Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters (2012). In footnote 32, on page 25, Thomas writes, “The mail also played an important role in accruing the subjectivity and citizenship denied to … Continue reading

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Flatland

Short story Wednesday! I was reading Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, which is maybe the best thing ever, if you’re a literature junkie. In one of the books, a character mentions that the last original idea in literature was used … Continue reading

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Delivering the “Male”

As discussed in my post from over a week ago, we need to talk about prostitution, homosexuality, and the Victorian Post Office. These stories and quotations all come from Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters by Kate Thomas (2012). … Continue reading

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Franking

I'm currently reading Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters by Kate Thomas (2012). All below quotations are from her book. Before the advent of the modern postal system and the penny black in 1840, sending letters was generally very … Continue reading

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The Nose

Short Story Wednesday! Another Russian one today, because they do a very fine line in crazy. I am going to recap Nikolai Gogol's 1836 story, "The Nose". You can read it for yourselves here. All cited quotations come directly from … Continue reading

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Delivering the Mail

The following story I found in Postal Pleasures: Sex, Scandal, and Victorian Letters by Kate Thomas (2012). All quotations come directly from the text. As the Post Office expanded and became more regulated during the Victorian era, it changed the … Continue reading

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