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Travels on the Continent and in England (Part 3)

Journals 14.3.  This is a continuation of my article about Travels on the Continent and in England, by August Hermann Niemeyer, which details the German writer’s 1819 visit to the country he had always wanted to experience: England. And he wanted … Continue reading

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Travels on the Continent and in England (Part 2)

Journals 14.2.  This is a continuation of my article about Travels on the Continent and in England, by August Hermann Niemeyer, which details the German writer’s 1819 visit to the country he had always wanted to experience: England. I have written … Continue reading

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“A Few Extra Glasses”… Fire!

Snippets 172.  The following quote is taken from Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden, a biography of a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, famed for his comedy performances.  His biography was written by his son Thomas. … Continue reading

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Travels on the Continent and in England (Part 1)

Journals 14.1.  August Hermann Niemeyer (1754-1828) was a German theologian, author of Charakteristik der Bibel (Characteristics of the Bible), who became vice-chancellor of the University of Halle-Wittenberg. In 1807 the city of Halle fell to Napoleon’s forces, Niemeyer was deported … Continue reading

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A Childhood Injustice

Snippets 171.  Childhood can be a tough time, but it is made exponentially worse by a teacher who abuses his position.  In the days of corporal punishment, this problem could be magnified hugely for children.  In the following quote from … Continue reading

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Dracula: a Contemporary Review

Creepy History 53.  On 26th May 1897 the first edition of Dracula, by Bram Stoker, was published.  It went on to become one of the most popular books ever written, but what did contemporary reviewers think of the book at the … Continue reading

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Murder Solved by a Ghost

Creepy History 50.  As part of our October journey through the dark and scary corners of history, the following quote is taken from Apparitions: A Narrative of Facts, by Bourchier Wrey Savile (1817-1888), published in 1874.  As part of a … Continue reading

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