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Scenes from Rip Van Winkle (1903)

Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 19:40

Recording made for Colombia Records in which the legendary actor Joseph Jefferson plays the part of Rip Van Winkle.


The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)

Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 18:47

James Hogg's masterpiece — part-gothic novel, part-psychological mystery, part-metafiction, part-satire, part-case study of totalitarian thought.


Lofty Only in Sound: Crossed Wires and Community in 19th-Century Dreams

Wednesday 5 April 2017 at 18:55

Alicia Puglionesi explores a curious case of supposed dream telepathy at the end of the US Civil War, in which old ideas about the prophetic nature of dreaming collided with loss, longing, and new possibilities of communication at a distance.


Images from the First Colour Publication on Fish (1754)

Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 19:48

Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes can lay claim to be being the earliest known publication in colour on fish, though many specimens seem to border on fantasy.


The Wise Boys: or, The Entertaining Histories of Fred Forethought, Matt Merrythought, Luke Lovebook and Ben Bee (ca. 1842)

Thursday 30 March 2017 at 18:42

Collection of poetic stories championing exemplary boyhood behaviour, the work of the American poet Sarah Josepha Buell Hale.


Edward Curtis’ Photographs of Kwakwaka’wakw Ceremonial Dress and Masks (ca. 1914)

Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 18:02

The ceremonial costumes and masks of the Kwakwaka'wakw people as photographed by American photographer and ethnologist Edward Curtis, famous for his work with Native American people.


American Freedom: Sinclair Lewis and the Open Road

Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 16:48

Some three decades before Kerouac and friends hit the road, Sinclair Lewis published Free Air, one of the very first novels about an automobile-powered road trip across the United States. Steven Michels looks at the particular vision of freedom espoused in the tale, one echoed throughout Lewis’ oeuvre. Sinclair Lewis at the wheel of his automobile, ca. 1920s — Source. Sinclair Lewis is experiencing a renaissance of late — butâ�¦


What Became of the Slaves on a Georgia Plantation? (1863)

Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 15:20

A scathing article exposing the horrors of a the biggest slave auction in American history.


John McCormack – Recordings: 1911-1940

Friday 17 March 2017 at 18:46

The songs of one of Ireland's best known tenors, renowned for lending his superior diction and breath control to a whole range of operatic and popular songs.


Aratea: Making Pictures with Words in the 9th Century

Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 19:15

Some of the earliest examples of calligrams found in a 9th-century astronomical manuscript on the constellations.