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

Ready, Set… Semester?

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Originally, this post was going to be titled, “Ready, Set, Summer!” And then, somehow, I looked up from my computer and it was August, and the summer is nearly gone. While I can’t say that I don’t know where the time went, I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to finish the million and one things that I was planning to do. (Then again, does anyone ever manage that?) I think I can safely mark this down as one … Read More