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Adalbert Stifter’s Rock Crystal (1846)

Sunday 22 December 2019 at 09:51

A Christmas classic about two children who get lost in the blinding snow, by the Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter, beloved by W. G. Sebald, W. H. Auden, Hannah Arendt, and Thomas Mann.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/rock-crystal-adalbert-stifter


The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of *Paradise Lost*

Wednesday 11 December 2019 at 06:58

John Milton’s Paradise Lost has been many things to many people — a Christian epic, a comment on the English Civil War, the epitome of poetic ambiguity — but it is first of all a pleasure to read. Drawing on sources as varied as Wordsworth, Hitchcock, and Conan Doyle, author Philip Pullman considers the sonic beauty and expert storytelling of Milton's masterpiece and the influence it has had on his own work.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-sound-and-the-story-exploring-the-world-of-paradise-lost


Urania’s Mirror; or, a View of the Heavens (circa 1825)

Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 11:46

Hand-coloured cards engraved by Sidney Hall representing the constellations, from Aquarius to Ursa Major.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/uranias-mirror-or-a-view-of-the-heavens


Eskimo Folktales

Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 10:34

A book of Greenlandic Inuit folktales collected by the legendary explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/eskimo-folktales


“Firelight Flickering on the Ceiling of the World”: The Aurora Borealis in Art

Thursday 5 December 2019 at 14:53

Images of the Aurora Borealis through the history of art.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/aurora-borealis-in-art


The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!

Wednesday 4 December 2019 at 16:39

The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2019/12/the-public-domain-reviews-end-of-year-fundraiser-is-launched


The Cubies’ ABC (1913)

Tuesday 3 December 2019 at 11:49

A satirical alphabet book mocking Cubists, Futurists, and other masters of modern art.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-cubies-abc-1913


Picturing a Voice: Margaret Watts Hughes and the Eidophone

Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 08:30

Of the various forms the nascent art of sound recording took in the late nineteenth century perhaps none was so aesthetically alluring as that invented by Margaret Watts Hughes. Rob Mullender-Ross explores the significance of the Welsh singer’s ingenious set of images, which until recently were thought to be lost.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/picturing-a-voice-margaret-watts-hughes-and-the-eidophone


Yggdrasil: The Sacred Ash Tree of Norse Mythology

Tuesday 26 November 2019 at 13:53

Various visions of Yggdrasil, the sacred World Tree, watered by the Well of Urðr, whose roots connect to the nine worlds of Norse mythology.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/yggdrasil-the-sacred-ash-tree-of-norse-mythology


The Human Pyramids of Juste De Juste (ca. 1540)

Thursday 21 November 2019 at 14:32

Etchings of flayed men in acrobatic poses attributed to the Italian-born Juste de Juste.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-human-pyramids-of-juste-de-juste-ca-1540