This week, we have two editions of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonderbook for Girls & Boys (or, A Wonderbook for Boys and Girls depending on the edition).
In this week’s book history post, things get pocket sized. Well, to be more precise I’m working with a pocket-sized edition of John Ruskin’s Sesame and Lilies, published by Henry Altemus of Philadelphia in 1895.
Today, I’ll be describing one of the books I picked up in Charlottesville, VA during Rare Book School’s Bookseller’s Night. I found this edition at Daedalus Books, a gem of a bookshop with stacks and stacks of books in every available space. I highly recommend it.
Fergus Hume’s episodic novel, Hagar of the Pawn-Shop, was published by Skeffington & Son (London) in 1898. Hume is best known for his first novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), which was initially published in Australia, but he published prolifically throughout his life in a variety of genres.
In this post, I’ll be using an interlibrary-loan copy of the first edition of Hagar of the Pawn-Shop to talk about its materiality. Then, I’ll briefly discuss its contents and how the material form and contents cooperate and/or diverge in their individual purposes.
In my many and varied attempts to think through not only the themes I’ve identified as significant for my dissertation, but also the many and varied themes my exam reading is presenting me, I’ve found myself turning to Scapple again and again.
Click through for my major field reading list!
This week, things got meta when I wrote a guest blog post about academic blogging over at the University of Oregon’s Digital Humanities blog. You can check it out here to find out why I argue that blogging is the sandbox of academia.
Earlier this year, I was invited to present research at the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Centenary Conference. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend. I hear it was fantastic. On the bright side, I’ve been able to share a bit of what I would have spoken about over at the Braddon Association blog.
You can find it here: Braddon’s “Waiting,” Poetic Aesthetics, and Disability Studies