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Glossary of Censored Words from a 1919 Treatise on Love

Thursday 13 February 2020 at 10:37

List of Latin words used to veil words deemed too scandalous in Bernard S. Talmey’s treatise on carnal acts.


Frances Power Cobbe’s “The Peak in Darien: The Riddle of Death” (1882)

Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 07:55

An essay by Frances Power Cobbe, an advocate for women’s suffrage, about the consolation and possible significance of deathbed visions.


Interview with PDR's Adam Green on Nightingale

Thursday 6 February 2020 at 11:54

PDR Editor Adam Green talks to Jason Forrest of Nightingale, journal for the Data Visualization Society.


When Dorothy Parker Got Fired from *Vanity Fair*

Thursday 6 February 2020 at 06:53

Dorothy Parker’s reputation as one of the premier wits of the 20th century rests firmly on the brilliance of her writing, but the image of her as a plucky, fast-talking, independent woman of her times owes more than a little to her seat at the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Jonathan Goldman explores the beginnings of the famed New York group and how Parker's determination to speak her mind — even when it angered men in positions of power — gave her pride of place within it.


Sarah Goodridge’s Beauty Revealed (1828)

Wednesday 5 February 2020 at 06:53

The story of American artist Sarah Goodridge’s erotic self-portrait on a miniature ivory plate, given as a secret present to her lover, US Senator Daniel Webster.


Nooks and Corners of Old New York (1899)

Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 06:25

A detailed guide to the old stories and landscapes of New York City, published in the last year of the 19th century.


John Gould's Mammals of Australia (1845–63)

Thursday 23 January 2020 at 10:26

Iconic illustrations of Australian mammals from a groundbreaking multi-volume work by the English naturalist John Gould, and his wife, the artist Elizabeth Gould.


Emma Willard's Maps of Time

Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 07:23

In the 21st-century, infographics are everywhere. In the classroom, in the newspaper, in government reports, these concise visual representations of complicated information have changed the way we imagine our world. Susan Schulten explores the pioneering work of Emma Willard (1787–1870), a leading feminist educator whose innovative maps of time laid the groundwork for the charts and graphics of today.


Six Plays of the Yiddish Theatre (1916)

Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 10:27

Anthology of six plays by four leading Yiddish-language playwrights of the early 20th century, including Sholem Aleichem and Sholem Asch.


The Jester (1908)

Tuesday 21 January 2020 at 10:27

Early film about a cigarette-smoking jester who plays havoc with the world around her.