The Ruined Girl, 1786

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The History of Love

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THE RUINED GIRL.

‘Oh! fatal Day when to my Virtues wrong,
I fondly listen’d to his flattering Tongue,
But oh! more fatal Moment when he gain’d,
That vile Consent which all my Glory staind.’

In this print of 1786, a young woman of some fashion appears to have received a letter from her beau, informing her that their dalliance is at an end. Knowing that she has surrendered her virtue to an undeserving suitor, she weeps and leans again the sofa for support. A half-draped portrait hanging on the wall, showing a conversing couple hidden from view, hints at their clandestine affair.

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Fall’s top non-fiction titles ~ September 14th & 15th Show

Some interesting books appearing soon….

The Book Report with Elaine Charles

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED
 
“Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan
The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomless Rules Our Lives” by Leonard Mlodinow
“Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal” by Conor Grennan
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown
Chef Tell: The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef” by Ronald Joseph Kule
“Bertie: A Life of Edward VII” by Jane Ridley
“The House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout with Sara Corbett
“When I Left Home” by Buddy Guy with David Ritz
 
INTERVIEW:

Chef John Moeller is a member of an elite corps of chefs who have served at the White House, cooking for three First Families: President George H. W. Bush, President Clinton and President…

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Reading between the lines: reconstructing lives from parish registers

The raw material of History!

Dr Alun Withey

I’ve recently returned from a research visit to Ruthin archives to look at the Denbighshire parish registers. The purpose of the visit was to trawl through every one of the hundreds of parish register transcriptions, looking for medical practitioners. With two bookcases full of volumes, each containing many individual registers, this was always going to be a long task. The registers for the town of Wrexham alone took two days, and monotony soon sets in when faced with page after page after page of names and bare information.

Parish registers are commonly the domain of genealogists and family historians, perhaps researching their own family history. Through the popularity of television shows like Who Do You Think You Are researching your own family tree has never been so popular, aided by the growing availability of source material online. Historians too are making use of parish registers. In aggregate they can reveal…

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How the FBI Turned Me On to Rare Books by Natalie Zemon Davis | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Anyone seen Jodie Foster and Richard Gere in Sommersby? Or the original Return of Martin Guerre with the inimitable Gerard Depardieu?

Unusually enough, the ultimate source of the story of both films is a non-fiction book by historian Natalie Zemon Davis…….who was very nearly stymied by J. Edgar Hoover‘s FBI before discovering a way round the problem………

How the FBI Turned Me On to Rare Books by Natalie Zemon Davis | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.

 

Former President George H.W. Bush Shaves Head In Solidarity With Cancer Patient

Mightn’t agree with his politics, but his heart is in the right place.

Swampland

Former President George H.W. Bush shaved his head this week in solidarity with 2 year-old Patrick, the son of a member of his Secret Service detail, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Bush’s office released photos of Bush with a bare head Wednesday holding Patrick while sitting in his wheelchair. The 89 year-old former Commander-in-Chief also posed with members of his security detail, known as the Bush Protective Division, who  shaved their heads in solidarity with their colleague’s son. Agents have organized a motorcycle benefit run next month to assist Patrick and his family with his medical bills, a cause to which President and Mrs. Bush have already donated, according to a spokesman.

The Bushes lost their first daughter, Robin, to leukemia at the age of four 59 years ago.

George H. W. Bush and Patrick

Office of George H.W. Bush

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19 Funniest Royal Baby Tweets

Big RoyalBaby day over, mother and baby doing well. TIME selected 19 of the funniest tweets marking the occasion…..

NewsFeed

Updated: 4:51 pm

At last, the royal baby has arrived, and it’s a boy! Nicknamed “Baby Cambridge” by the media for now, he was born at 4:24 pm local time, weighing 8lbs, 6oz, according to Kensington Palace. Throughout the day, royal watchers eagerly awaited the birth of the third heir to the throne, passing the time by photoshopping a picture of themselves in Will and Kate’s arms and plugging friends’ names into the royal baby name generator. But just as the competition to correctly guess the Royal Baby’s name heats up on betting sites like Paddy Power, so has the battle for the best tweet about the Royal Baby.

Here are the most memorable tweets so far from celebrities, humorists, and journalists across the Twittersphere:

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Bloggers, Beware!

A salutary warning about the downside of blogging….or maybe human nature as manifest in, thankfully, a small minority.

WaywardWomen

When I started WaywardWomen in April 2012, I wanted to create a space where I could explore the themes and points of interest in my PhD project – but more than this, I wanted to create a place in which I could share and exchange my ideas with others – be that academic scholars, to those with a more general interest in the topics, and everyone in between. My hope, perhaps a naive one, was that WaywardWomen would allow me to become a better researcher, a better writer, and a more thorough thinker. The wonders of the internet and social networking sites like Twitter also allowed me to take the vital step it starting to associate my name and work with the subjects that I hope to build my academic reputation around. This is an experience that any anxious PhD student will tell you is invaluable at such an early…

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Who wins in a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?

A very long distance preview of US Presidential Election 2016: Hillary as the first female President?

CNN Political Ticker

Washington (CNN) — Call it a very early look at what could possibly happen in November 2016.

According to a new national poll, Hillary Clinton would top New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in hypothetical presidential election showdowns.

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