Helpful Hints from a Victorian Marriage Manual

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I found this book during my work with the Wright American Fiction collection; it’s a collection of stories and advice about being newly wed from 1864. While some of it is laughable (particularly the temperance stories), there are quite a few bits that are not only amusing, but continue to be good advice 200 years later. From “First quarrels and first discords in married life” by James H. Burk. Some wives evince a sort of childish jealousness of the newspaper, … Read More

Curiosities from the Wright American Fiction Project

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For the last few months, I’ve been in the process of transforming and updating approximately 3000 TEI files from the Wright American Fiction Project as part of my work in IU’s Digital Collections Services. Excitingly, I’m almost finished with them! I have less than 50 files left to fix, which means I will soon be moving on to a new project. In the meantime, though, I’ve collected several interesting things for my ‘curiouser and curiouser’ tag. ^_^ Today I’ve been … Read More

Curiouser and curiouser…

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Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite stories; I think at least part of my love of curiosities comes from the outlandish scenes that Lewis Carroll depicted in his stories. While I have to admit that finding myself in Wonderland would frustrate me to no end, I have developed an appreciation for things in this world that are a bit … curious. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have a whole collection of photographs from … Read More