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Laure de Chevigne

Following up to my post from last week, I’m doing a second one about Marcel Proust’s other muse: Laure de Chevigne. All quotations are from the June 2018 edition of American Vogue. “Laure de Chevigne’s ancestors included the notorious Marquis … Continue reading

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The Vicomtesse Greffulhe

I found a really interesting article in the June 2018 issue of American Vogue about the French fin de siecle author Marcel Proust (article called “Marcel’s Muses”). I’m going to do a post on each of the three real-life muses that … Continue reading

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Malinda Russell

I’ve been way behind on my Vogues lately, but the US June 2018 Vogue had some killer Victorianist stuff in it, so the next few posts are going to be from that issue. God, I’m so fancy. Anyway, it was in their … Continue reading

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The Petticoat Affair

My good friend leia131 on Livejournal has been posting this really interesting series on the First Ladies of the United States. I’ve been really tempted just to reblog what she wrote, but I think you guys deserve some original content … Continue reading

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Utagawa Yoshitora

I was recently alerted to the existence of the Japanese artist Utagawa Yoshitora, who I cannot believe has escaped my notice for so long. He was an artist in the ukiyo-e genre, and he specifically made woodblock artwork. He was active … Continue reading

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The Beggar’s Benison

I’ve just read Eric Berkowitz’s fabulous Sex and Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2012), and found this rather magnificent passage in his section on masturbation in the eighteenth century. All quotations are from his text, but I’ve supplemented it with … Continue reading

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HMS Birkenhead

I heard this rather grim story about the 1852 sinking of the HMS Birkenhead off the coast of South Africa. It was one of the first iron-hulled ships built for the British royal navy. It was originally going to be … Continue reading

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