Monthly Archives: January 2017

Trees on the Moon

Snippets 102.  One of the very earliest works of what we would now term “science fiction” was the Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon, by Cyrano de Bergerac (yes, he was a real person, not just … Continue reading

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Spirits in the Sky

Creepy History 22. Bayard Taylor was a successful American poet, who used his earnings from his poetry to fund travels in Europe in the late 1840s. He wrote about his experiences, and his articles were published in the Tribune, the … Continue reading

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Don’t ask the Locals!

Snippets 101.  In a previous post, we looked at a quote from Travels in England, by Richard Le Gallienne, published in 1900.  The following two quotations are from different parts of the same book, but share a common theme.  According … Continue reading

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Snippets 100! Hope in Darkness.

For this 100th Snippet, let’s take a look further back in time than we generally do on Windows into History, and go right back to the year 100, when Marcus Cornelius Fronto was born. Not the most celebrated Roman writer … Continue reading

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The Field Mouse

Snippets 99.  In the previous Snippet we looked at a quote from Richard Le Gallienne’s Travels in England. The book is dedicated to William Sharp, with the following poem: Will, you have travelled far and wide On many a foreign … Continue reading

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The Joy of Travelling Slowly

Snippets 98. Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947) was a poet and writer of books and essays on a wide variety of topics. In his 1900 work, Travels in England, he explains why he feels that travelling close to home, and at … Continue reading

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