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A Mirror for Authors, Part 1

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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From Holden’s Dollar Magazine, 1849. —We do not know the real identity of this lesser poet who takes on his betters with sometimes deserved criticism, but the poem by William [Ross] Wallace that follows is similar in some ways, including the use of the decidedly unusual word “darkles” as a rhyme. It is interesting to see how Whittier’s abolitionist views struck his less enlightened contemporaries. The silhouettes are by Felix Darley, later to be known as one of America’s greatest illustrators.

Although the legend “End of Part I” appears after the poem, we have not yet found a second part.

The Latest Patent in Fenders

Monday, February 17, 2014


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From the Idler, October, 1895.

The End of the World

Monday, January 27, 2014


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From Graham’s Magazine, March, 1843.

The Man Who Invented Lying

Thursday, January 16, 2014


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From the English Illustrated Magazine, December, 1906.

Henrik Ibsen

Friday, January 3, 2014


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From The Idler, March, 1893.