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Discovering a Smart Poet

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Smart was known, with his “disturbed mental state,” for his loud, feverish, constant praying, and you can read some of that catatonia in Jubilate, with its litany of “for”s and its incantatory quality.  Over at the Paris Review, Dan Piepenbring introduces us to Christopher Smart, an interesting, unknown poet from the XVIII century who is […]

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The Strange Life of Dan Carter Beard

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Dan Carter Beard wasn’t just one of the founders of Boy Scouts of America; he was also Mark Twain’s most trusted illustrator. Twain said of Beard’s work: Dan Beard is the only man who can correctly illustrate my writings for he not only illustrates the text, but he also illustrates my thoughts. The Public Domain […]

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Darwin’s Penpal

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The Public Domain Review flips through Darwin’s unusual photo collection and his correspondence with neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The correspondence between Darwin and Crichton-Browne led Darwin to write The Expression of Emotions of Man and Animals. Darwin found Crichton-Browne’s help so invaluable that he even wanted to list the neurologist as the book’s co-author (an offer […]

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“The Duck Quacketh”

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The Public Domain Review gives a glimpse at what is widely regarded as the first children’s picture book, Orbis Sensualium Pictus, and its author, John Comenius. Published in 1658, Orbis is over 140 chapters and covers everything from the sound a duck makes to Judgment Day. As the master says to his young pupil, “Come…learn to […]

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