Interesting article over at
The Famous Women Writers Whose Friendships We’ve Forgotten
“…After all, writers have always turned to each other for creative and moral support. The alliance between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth is enshrined in literary lore. A mention of Lord Byron immediately brings to mind Percy Bysshe Shelley. And biographies of F. Scott Fitzgerald are incomplete without reference to Ernest Hemingway.
But where are the women in this roster of legendary friendships? Jane Austen is mythologised as a shy and sheltered spinster; the Brontё sisters, lonely wanderers of windswept moors; George Eliot, an aloof intellectual; and Virginia Woolf, a melancholic genius.
Skeptical of such images of isolation, we set out to investigate. We soon discovered that behind each of these celebrated authors was a close alliance with another female writer. But, to this day, these literary bonds have been systematically forgotten, distorted or downright suppressed…”
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have my issues with the man himself, but there’s no denying Charles Dickens’ incredible influence on the world.
The English author was born on this day 207 years ago.
You can see some pictures from my 2017 visit to his London house
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Frederick Farrand Trollope, aged almost three, in his Sunday best and holding a toy sabre. Photographed in
Grafton on the 29th of December, 1878.
Clarence River, in the north of New South Wales, Australia, Grafton received city status in 1885.
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The manor house of
Cheylesmore, England in a watercolour and ink painting by William Henry Brooke, dated the 25th of December, 1820. Parts of the building date back to the year 1250, and some of its most famous residents were Edward, the Black Prince and Henry VI.
Unfortunately, much of what did survive the Second World War was demolished in a development project in the 1950s.
Cheylesmore now makes up part of the southern half of the city of
Coventry in the West Midlands.
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Bethlehem. 25th December 1898: A man and a woman recreate the approach of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. At the time the city was ruled by the Ottoman Empire.
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Christmas Morning (1885) by British painter Charles William Mansel Lewis
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Canadian Christmas stamp of 1898, less than three years before the end of
Queen Victoria‘s long reign. At this point Canada was still part of the British Empire.
‘We hold a vaster Empire than has been’.
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