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BizarreVictoria Update

Hi, All! I paused for breath and realised I haven’t updated my blog in about six weeks. That’s not a great sign, is it? I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and how much it’s meant to me to … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill and Susan B. Anthony

I’m re-reading Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City (2003) for the third time and stumbled across this story about the unlikely intersection of two huge nineteenth-century celebrities. A majority of the narrative follows the construction–and ensuing success–of the 1893 Chicago … Continue reading

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Guiseppe Mezzofanti

I first found this story in the New Yorker here. The article is about hyperpolyglots, or people who speak at least eleven languages (the general definition of a polyglot is someone who speaks at least five languages). One of history’s most remarkable hyperpolyglots … Continue reading

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Rukhmabai

I found this story in Eric Berkowitz’s Sex & Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2013). All quotations are from that book. “Rukhmabai, the daughter of an educated Hindu family, had been married off to Dadaji Bhikaji (variously described in the … Continue reading

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Genevieve Halevy Bizet Straus

This is my third and final post about Marcel Proust’s muses for his Duchess de Guermantes. This week we discuss the fab Genevieve Halevy Bizet Straus. All quotations are from the June 2018 issue of American Vogue. “But it was through … Continue reading

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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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