Category Archives: English Men of Letters
Superficially, Sir Leslie Stephen, author of Sketches from Cambridge, by A Don, Hours in A Library, Essays on Freethinking and Plain Speaking, Social Rights and Duties, etc. etc. etc., would seem to be the most desk-bound author imaginable. But, in … Continue reading
An arresting start to a novel: note especially the strange punctuation, copied exactly from the first edition of 1843.
I’ve mentioned Dorothy Jordan in passing before, but we have just published a two-volume biography of her which paints an interesting and sympathetic portrait of this actress and royal mistress, as well as giving a great deal of information about … Continue reading
Not facts, information, ideas, inspiration, but things. Was it the great J.B. Morton, alias Beachcomber, who had a typically surreal item about a fried egg found in a returned library book?
Margaret Oliphant, née Wilson (1828–97) married her first cousin Frank Wilson Oliphant in 1852. Since her own second name was Oliphant, she became Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant, but she is usually referred to just as ‘Mrs Oliphant’ – interestingly, without … Continue reading