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Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America

Wednesday 1 July 2020 at 09:01

American fiction of the 19th century often featured a ghoulish figure, the cruel doctor, whose unfeeling fascination with bodily suffering readers found both unnerving and entirely plausible. Looking at novels by Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville, Chelsea Davis dissects this curious character.


The Four Elements and Temperaments from an Album of Prints after Maerten de Vos (ca. 1583)

Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 08:39

Colourful prints depicting the four classical elements and the four temperaments based on paintings by the Flemish artist Maerten de Vos.


William Wood’s The History and Antiquities of Eyam (1848)

Wednesday 24 June 2020 at 09:27

A romantically tinged history of the town of Eyam, which was devastated by the bubonic plague in 1666.


Early Photographs of Juneteenth Celebrations

Thursday 18 June 2020 at 11:11

Historical photographs of early Juneteenth celebrations throughout its home state of Texas and across the country.


Kawanable Kyōsai’s Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (1890)

Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 09:07

A bone-chilling book of woodblock prints, depicting a parade of demons, by Kawanabe Kyōsai, the bad boy of 19th-century Japanese art.


Petrarch's Plague: Love, Death, and Friendship in a Time of Pandemic

Thursday 11 June 2020 at 12:46

The Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch lived through the most deadly pandemic in recorded history, the Black Death of the 14th century, which saw up to 200 million die from plague across Eurasia and North Africa. Through the unique record of letters and other writings Petrarch left us, Paula Findlen explores how he chronicled, commemorated, and mourned his many loved ones who succumbed, and what he might be able to teach us today.


Select Specimens of the Theatre of the Hindus (1827)

Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 18:30

The earliest English translations of six Sanskrit plays about gods, nymphs, human sacrifice, sorcery, and love.


The Launch of our Mid-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 12:40

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


Black Lives Matter

Monday 8 June 2020 at 15:00

Some thoughts in light of the Black Lives Matter protests about how the PDR can do better.


The Comet Book (1587)

Thursday 28 May 2020 at 09:20

Stunning set of images from a 16th-century treatise on comets.