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The Skeptical Pilgrim: Melville’s *Clarel*

Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 08:40

Weighing in at a colossal 18,000 lines, Herman Melville's Clarel (1876), which centres on the theological musings of a group of pilgrims touring the Holy Land, is not for the faint-hearted. Jeff Wheelwright explores the knot of spiritual dilemmas played out in the poem and its roots in Melville's trip to the Middle East two decades earlier.


Announcing the theme for our next postcard pack.... TOUCH

Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 11:39

Our postcard sets sent to Friends of the PDR in summer will be themed on "touch"


Erbario: a 15th-century Herbal from Northern Italy

Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 07:39

Stylised herbal including plants with faces and dragon-like roots, in addition to more naturalistic depictions.


Henrique Alvim Corrêa’s Illustrations for The War of the Worlds (1906)

Tuesday 5 May 2020 at 09:39

Illustrations by a little-known Brazilian artist for the first French translation of H. G. Wells’ science-fiction classic.


The Expressions of Emotion in the Pigeons (1909–11)

Thursday 30 April 2020 at 07:27

Article about the emotional life of the passenger pigeon, including musical notation of its songs, kahs, and coos.


“Invisible Little Worms”: Athanasius Kircher’s Study of the Plague

Wednesday 22 April 2020 at 09:24

Living through the devastating Italian plague of 1656, the great polymath Athanasius Kircher turned his ever-enquiring mind to the then mysterious disease, becoming possibly the first to view infected blood through a microscope. While his subsequent theories of spontaneous generation and "universal sperm" were easily debunked, Kircher's investigation can be seen as an important early step to understanding contagion, and perhaps even the very first articulation of germ theory. John Glassie explores.


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Bed Series: An Intimate Look Behind the Scenes at a Paris Brothel (1890s)

Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 08:30

A series of depictions of prostitutes, likely lesbian couples, drawn and painted in a Paris brothel during the Belle Époque.


Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron (ca. 1353)

Wednesday 15 April 2020 at 08:06

A masterpiece of early Italian prose, in which 100 tales are told by a group of young people in self-quarantine during the plague of Florence in 1349.


Studies on Twilight Phenomena, after Krakatoa (1888)

Thursday 9 April 2020 at 16:56

Wonderful series of images by Eduard Pechuël-Loesche documenting the strange skies following the Krakatoa eruption.


Public Domain Backgrounds for Zoom

Wednesday 8 April 2020 at 14:38

Collection of 15 images to liven up your video chats and conferences.