Born this day in 1834, Frank R. Stockton. Frank Richard Stockton (April 5, 1834 – April 20, 1902) was an American writer and humorist, best known today for a series of innovative children’s fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century. That Infallible Source That is my table of crappy
Let’s just power through a few days all at once. I’ll not do too much research on any one. 3/31 Andrew Marvell (born 1621), John Donne (died 1631). I cannot remember what took me away from this, and it’s a danged shame I didn’t get back to it. Of course I know what happened! It
GDR 3/27/20 Thackeray’s “Thorns in the Cushion, Pt. 1“ I got sort of bogged down in that, so I thumbed through some of the “Sketches” in Selected Works of William Makepeace Thackeray Including The History of Henry Esmond, Esq., The Four Georges, London Travels and Sketches (The Book League of America, New York. 1942). Several
Yesterday we turned the page on a new week in the GDR calendar. For whomever things were written aforetime were written for our knowledge. St. Paul Born yesterday in 1859 A.E. Housman. From that infallible source [thoughts rant on that infallible source here]: Alfred Edward Housman (/ˈhaʊsmən/; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known
Died this day in 1843, Robert Southey. The world is full of trivial coincidences. Robert Southey (/ˈsaʊði/ or /ˈsʌði/;[a] 12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843) was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the Lake Poets along with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and England’s Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 until his death in 1843. Although his fame has been eclipsed by
Background on the Guide to Daily Reading. More 3/14, 3/15, 3/16. All with commentary. There was an AH HA! moment yesterday. Reminder– GDRs take only 15-30 minutes to read. And believe you me, those minutes will be well-spent reading… Hawthorne’s The Great Stone Face. The Great Stone Face (1850) is a wonderful legend about the Man
Background on the Guide to Daily Reading. Yesterday’s Daily Reading (w/bullet points!!) here. Wallace Irvin, born yesterday in the year 1876. Reading: “The Servant Problem.” But see below. [I had the same question. Why not something about good ol’ Julius Caesar yesterday? I mean, it’s not like nothing has ever been written about the Ideas
Background on the Guide to Daily Reading. Today it’s L’Arrabiata by Johann Ludwig Paul Heyse who was born this day in 1830. Bullet point the 1st: What’s L’arrabbiata mean? From that infallible source– Arrabbiata sauce, or sugo all’arrabbiata in Italian, is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive
Hobbiton, New Zealand! From Kat & Tony’s Newsletter: To get to Hobbiton, you drive into farm country. Actually, most of New Zealand is farm country, but in this case you drive into places where it’s tough to get a cell signal. We arrived late the night before — late enough that we weren’t sure whether
They cared so little for plain fact, these people, and were in that advanced state of degeneracy on the subject, that instead of being impressed by the speaker’s strong common sense, they took it in extraordinary dudgeon.
The McChoakumchild school was all fact, and the school of design was all fact, and the relations between master and man were all fact, and everything was fact between the lying-in hospital and the cemetery, and what you couldn’t state in figures, or show to be purchasable in the cheapest market and salable in the
“Marica?” Missy got up from her desk, laid down her reading glasses, stretched, and asked, “Do you have a minute?” “Sure, Missy! What’s on your mind this cold gloomy day?” “Ruff?” Rocky, too, was curious. “Well,” Missy heaved in a big breath of purified air (thanks to Marica’s recent shopping trip) in the way that
It’s Drudgery Monday and I am pleased to report that things on the book-cleaning front are going sweepingly, as Missy would say. The Treasure Chest is done and rearranged a bit. Shelves of mostly art books are done. Two sets of encyclopedias– each & every volume– dusted and put back. Ordinary encyclopedias are the worst.
To be honest, I had forgotten I had this crappy old book. It is shelved behind glass in the treasure chest bookshelf. Had you asked, I would easily pointed to all of Aunt Margaret’s books in the treasure chest. I’d just forgotten the title– which is one reason I do a once a year hands-on
The days of the cave man have passed. Physical strength no longer gives prowess to the individual. What the twentieth century demands is the trained intellect. The man who knows is the man of the hour. The Standard Question Book and Home Study Outlines, The Frontier Press Company, Buffalo, New York. 1919. This is the
I’m reading about the Greeks. I’m reading about the Greeks and their literature. And their lives over hundreds and hundreds of years, and of their poetry and the beginnings of Drama. And everywhere I read, I read of Antigone. ~~ Plus we’ve been watching Season 7 of the X-files. Not the best drama on the planet
Literature Primers: Greek Literature. R.C. Jebb. American Book Company, New York. 1890. Reprinted: Kindle version only $0.99!
This cracked me up. You get it, right? George Eliot! Did you know that the book, George Eliot’s Poetry and Other Studies (1885) was written by Rose E. Cleveland, Grover’s sister? The book is dedicated To My Countrywomen These essays, some of which were originally prepared for use in schools and colleges, are now affectionately and
I draw your attention to the last line on the page: Memorize this poem. The book is Our Language: First Book by Lida B. NcMurry and F.T. Norvell (1905). It is a beginning grammar / usage / reader covering such things as story telling, sentence and paragraph structure, capitalization, punctuation, and so forth. Throughout the
The Lesson of the Roman Republic Then, amazing as it may seem to-day, when we are able to look from a distance at these affairs and see them in their proper relations as parts of the picture, Rome straightway yielded to the same vice that had caused the downfall of her enemy. She gave herself