Monthly Archives: June 2016

Bad “Pamela” Book Covers

Do you guys remember when I recapped Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740), the novel that almost killed me? I don’t think I’ve ever had a more frustrating reading experience, and I have read some crap in my life, … Continue reading

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Stage Death

I love a good story about someone taking an acting role too far. You get a lot of these during the Victorian era, especially. This one was from the Leeds Times, August 22nd, 1896. “The tragedy in real life at … Continue reading

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Victorian Vermin

I got the following extracts from Judith Flanders’s The Victorian House (2003). As we’ve talked about before, the Victorian era had a really difficult time with hygiene, especially if you lived in a city. Things were generally dirtier than we’re … Continue reading

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Bed Pockets

I’ve been reading Judith Flanders’s The Victorian House and discovered something really cool: in the Victorian era, nightstands weren’t a ‘thing’. Considering how ubiquitous as they are today (and how useful), it seems weird to think that people didn’t really … Continue reading

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Respect for the Dead

This weird story (??) was found in the Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser, January 13 1872. “It is a painful thing to see a corpse carried to the grave in an ugly black box under a mourning coach. It shows … Continue reading

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Victorian Bedding

I got the following extracts from Judith Flanders’s The Victorian House (2003). Hey, guys, are you feeling bogged down with too much to do and not enough time to do it? Is your ‘To Do’ list worrying away your life? … Continue reading

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“The Full Perfection of Womanhood”

I just got done reading Janis McLarren Caldwell’s Literature and Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Britain and found this doozy of a story. There was a great deal going on in the early nineteenth century in the development of childhood medicine, and … Continue reading

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