Literary Lineage, Historical Connections: Modernist Reactions to Victorianism

Miranda Garno Nesler
Monday April 2, 2018

Literary movements are undeniably inter-relational phenomena. Rather than revealing a line of progress, they operate almost like a family tree, showing how multiple generations approach and express human concerns. The Victorians and Modernists are a prime example of this—two generations that looked to each other’s methods with some disdain, and...

Evolving Strategies in the Fight for Women’s Equality

Miranda Garno Nesler
Thursday February 1, 2018

The achievement of women’s enfranchisement in the U.S. was not the straightforward process that some history books would have us believe. No clean line connects the dawning of the official suffrage movement at Seneca Falls in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The documents left behind...

The Fine Art of Reading Cocktail Culture

Miranda Garno Nesler
Wednesday January 3, 2018

Cocktails and story telling go hand in hand. While the consumption of spirits at its best can lead to what Oscar Wilde called “the musings of great minds,” the etymology of the term itself is also wrapped in oral history and questionable narrative. At times attributed to English sailors’ translation...

Observing the Seedling On Whitman’s First Leaves of Grass

By Z. Smith
Friday April 1, 2016

This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and water is

This is the common air that bathes the globe. - “Song of Myself”

 

In 1855, in the small shops and stalls of New York, a slim, tall, elaborately fashioned volume appeared on shelves. The book was void of...

Dust Jackets: A Historical Perspective

Trevor Schwartz
Friday February 26, 2016

 

 

 

Go back a hundred years in the history of the book, and dust jackets were treated with the same care and solicitude that consumers currently apply to candy wrappers. Existing solely for the simple utility they provided, and not considered an actual part of the books they...

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