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Machiavelli, Comedian

Wednesday 5 August 2015 at 16:44

Most familiar today as the godfather of Realpolitik and as the eponym for all things cunning and devious, the Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli also had a lighter side, writing as he did a number of comedies. Christopher S. Celenza looks at perhaps the best known of these plays, Mandragola, and explores what it can teach us about the man and his world.


Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments

Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 18:17

Deirdre Loughridge and Thomas Patteson, curators of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, explore the wonderful history of made-up musical contraptions, including a piano comprised of yelping cats and Francis Bacon's 17th-century vision of experimental sound manipulation.


The Mystery of Lewis Carroll

Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 17:40

The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which sees its 150th anniversary this year, remains to this day an enigmatic figure. Jenny Woolf explores the joys and struggles of this brilliant, secretive, and complex man, creator of one of the world's best-loved stories.


Friends of The Public Domain Review

Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 11:11

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Friends Welcome

Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 11:03

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A Bestiary of Sir Thomas Browne

Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 17:03

Hugh Aldersey-Williams takes a tour through Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a work which sees one of the 17th-century's greatest writers stylishly debunk all manner of myths, in particular those relating to the world of animals.


The Nightwalker and the Nocturnal Picaresque

Wednesday 3 June 2015 at 18:05

The introduction of street lighting to 17th-century London saw an explosion of nocturnal activity in the capital, most of it centring around the selling of sex. Matthew Beaumont explores how some writers, with the intention of condemning these nefarious goings-on, took to the city's streets after dark, and in the process gave birth to a peculiar new literary genre.



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The Night-Walker

Wednesday 3 June 2015 at 16:27

The Night-Walker: Or, Evening Rambles in Search after Lewd Women, with the Conferences Held with Them (1696) by John Dunton To the Dutches of . . . MADAM, The Bounty of a Certain Prince, who was taken with your Charms, has made it familiar to you for many years, to be accosted with the usual Compliment of may it please your Grace: But most people are of opinion, that how�


Further Reading

Wednesday 27 May 2015 at 17:54

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