The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of *Paradise Lost* https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-sound-and-the-story-exploring-the-world-of-paradise-lost http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Sound-and-the-Story-Exploring-the-World-of-Paradise-Lost Wed, 11 Dec 2019 06:58:00 +0100 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.

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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.

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Urania’s Mirror; or, a View of the Heavens (circa 1825) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/uranias-mirror-or-a-view-of-the-heavens http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Urania-s-Mirror-or-a-View-of-the-Heavens-(circa-1825) Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:46:00 +0100 Hand-coloured cards engraved by Sidney Hall representing the constellations, from Aquarius to Ursa Major.

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

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Eskimo Folktales https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/eskimo-folktales http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Eskimo-Folktales Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:34:00 +0100 A book of Greenlandic Inuit folktales collected by the legendary explorer and anthropologist Knud Rasmussen.

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

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“Firelight Flickering on the Ceiling of the World”: The Aurora Borealis in Art https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/aurora-borealis-in-art http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Firelight-Flickering-on-the-Ceiling-of-the-World-The-Aurora-Bor Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:53:00 +0100 Images of the Aurora Borealis through the history of art.

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Images of the Aurora Borealis through the history of art.

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The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched! https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2019/12/the-public-domain-reviews-end-of-year-fundraiser-is-launched http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Public-Domain-Review-s-End-of-Year-Fundraiser-is-launched Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:39:00 +0100 The Public Domain Review's End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched!

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

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The Cubies’ ABC (1913) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-cubies-abc-1913 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Cubies-ABC-(1913) Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:49:00 +0100 A satirical alphabet book mocking Cubists, Futurists, and other masters of modern art.

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

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Picturing a Voice: Margaret Watts-Hughes and the Eidophone https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/picturing-a-voice-margaret-watts-hughes-and-the-eidophone http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Picturing-a-Voice-Margaret-Watts-Hughes-and-the-Eidophone Wed, 27 Nov 2019 08:30:00 +0100 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.

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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.

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Yggdrasil: The Sacred Ash Tree of Norse Mythology https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/yggdrasil-the-sacred-ash-tree-of-norse-mythology http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Yggdrasil-The-Sacred-Ash-Tree-of-Norse-Mythology Tue, 26 Nov 2019 13:53:00 +0100 Various visions of Yggdrasil, the sacred World Tree, watered by the Well of Urðr, whose roots connect to the nine worlds of Norse mythology.

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

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The Human Pyramids of Juste De Juste (ca. 1540) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-human-pyramids-of-juste-de-juste-ca-1540 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Human-Pyramids-of-Juste-De-Juste-(ca-1540) Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:32:00 +0100 Etchings of flayed men in acrobatic poses attributed to the Italian-born Juste de Juste.

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

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Welcome to our shiny new website! https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2019/11/welcome-to-our-shiny-new-website http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Welcome-to-our-shiny-new-website Thu, 21 Nov 2019 12:23:00 +0100 After many months of secret toil and aesthetic deliberation, we are very proud to launch our brand new site — a total refurb from the ground up!

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After many months of secret toil and aesthetic deliberation, we are very proud to launch our brand new site — a total refurb from the ground up!

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D. A. Rovinskii’s Collection of Russian Lubki (18th–19th Century) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/d-a-rovinskiis-collection-of-russian-lubki-18th–19th-century http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/D-A-Rovinskii-s-Collection-of-Russian-Lubki-(18th-19th-Century) Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:01:00 +0100 A selection of D. A. Rovinskiĭ’s collection of lubki — colorful Russian prints from the 16th through 20th century.

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A selection of D. A. Rovinskiĭ’s collection of lubki — colorful Russian prints from the 16th through 20th century.

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Loie Fuller and the Serpentine https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/loie-fuller-and-the-serpentine http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Loie-Fuller-and-the-Serpentine Wed, 06 Nov 2019 01:00:00 +0100 With her "serpentine dance" — a show of swirling silk and rainbow lights — Loie Fuller became one of the most celebrated dancers of the fin de siècle. Rhonda K. Garelick explores Fuller’s unlikely stardom and how her beguiling art embodied the era's newly blurred boundaries between human and machine.

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With her "serpentine dance" — a show of swirling silk and rainbow lights — Loie Fuller became one of the most celebrated dancers of the fin de siècle. Rhonda K. Garelick explores Fuller’s unlikely stardom and how her beguiling art embodied the era's newly blurred boundaries between human and machine.

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The Geometric Landscapes of Lorenz Stoer (1567) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-geometric-landscapes-of-lorenz-stoer-1567 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Geometric-Landscapes-of-Lorenz-Stoer-(1567) Tue, 05 Nov 2019 05:57:00 +0100 Lorenz Stoer’s wildly imaginative depictions of polyhedral shapes and fantastical ruins intended to instruct and inspire woodworkers.

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Lorenz Stoer’s wildly imaginative depictions of polyhedral shapes and fantastical ruins intended to instruct and inspire woodworkers.

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John Reynolds’ Book of Murder Tales (1621–1635) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/john-reynolds-book-of-murder-tales-1621-1635 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/John-Reynolds-Book-of-Murder-Tales-(1621-1635) Mon, 04 Nov 2019 10:54:00 +0100 An illustrated collection of murder tales from the early 17th century, including the basis for the Jacobean play The Changeling.

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An illustrated collection of murder tales from the early 17th century, including the basis for the Jacobean play The Changeling.

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Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journal of a Few Months’ Residence in Portugal (1847) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/dorothy-wordsworths-journal-of-a-few-months-residence-in-portugal-1847 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Dorothy-Wordsworth-s-Journal-of-a-Few-Months-Residence-in-Portuga Tue, 29 Oct 2019 06:00:00 +0100 A lively travelogue by William Wordsworth’s daughter Dorothy, recording her observations of the Iberian peninsula, circa 1845.

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A lively travelogue by William Wordsworth’s daughter Dorothy, recording her observations of the Iberian peninsula, circa 1845.

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Photographing the Dark: Nadar’s Descent into the Paris Catacombs https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/photographing-the-dark-nadars-descent-into-the-paris-catacombs http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Photographing-the-Dark-Nadar-s-Descent-into-the-Paris-Catacombs Fri, 25 Oct 2019 02:00:00 +0200 Today the Paris Catacombs are illuminated by electric lights and friendly guides. But when Félix Nadar descended into this “empire of death” in the 1860s artificial lighting was still in its infancy: the pioneering photographer had to face the quandary of how to take photographs in the subterranean dark. Allison C. Meier explores Nadar’s determined efforts (which involved Bunsen batteries, mannequins, and a good deal of patience) to document the beauty and terror of this realm of the dead.

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Today the Paris Catacombs are illuminated by electric lights and friendly guides. But when Félix Nadar descended into this “empire of death” in the 1860s artificial lighting was still in its infancy: the pioneering photographer had to face the quandary of how to take photographs in the subterranean dark. Allison C. Meier explores Nadar’s determined efforts (which involved Bunsen batteries, mannequins, and a good deal of patience) to document the beauty and terror of this realm of the dead.

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Persian Demons from a Book of Magic and Astrology (1921) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/persian-demons-from-a-book-of-magic-and-astrology-1921 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Persian-Demons-from-a-Book-of-Magic-and-Astrology-(1921) Thu, 24 Oct 2019 07:01:00 +0200 Watercolours from an early twentieth-century book of spells depicting Persian demons associated with the zodiac.

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Watercolours from an early twentieth-century book of spells depicting Persian demons associated with the zodiac.

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Various Apocalyptic Scenes from the Prophetic Messenger (ca. 1827–61) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/various-apocalyptic-scenes-from-the-prophetic-messenger-ca-1827-61 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Various-Apocalyptic-Scenes-from-the-Prophetic-Messenger-(ca-1827-61 Wed, 23 Oct 2019 07:02:00 +0200 Apocalyptic lithographs from the 19th century golden age of astrology, helmed by several astrologists writing under the name Raphael.

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Apocalyptic lithographs from the 19th century golden age of astrology, helmed by several astrologists writing under the name Raphael.

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Tlingit Myths and Texts (1909) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/tlingit-myths-and-texts-1909 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Tlingit-Myths-and-Texts-(1909) Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:03:00 +0200 A collection of tales told by the Tlingit people of southeastern coastal Alaska and collected by the renowned ethnographer John Reed Swanton.

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A collection of tales told by the Tlingit people of southeastern coastal Alaska and collected by the renowned ethnographer John Reed Swanton.

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Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the “Real” Chateaubriand https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/our-masterpiece-is-the-private-life-in-pursuit-of-the-real-chateaubriand http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Our-Masterpiece-Is-the-Private-Life-In-Pursuit-of-the-Real-Chat Wed, 09 Oct 2019 02:00:00 +0200 While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.

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While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.

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