Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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|Booth Tarkington was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University.|
Saturday, July 27, 2013
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|Left: The Dinky Bird from Poems of Childhood (1904). Right: From Arabian Nights (1906) Inset: Parrish|
|Daybreak (1922), created as an art poster, it is still popular today.|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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|Detail from Nighthawks (1942); inset: self-portrait|
Saturday, July 20, 2013
excellent Biography video about him. Enjoy!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Colt sold weapons for use in the Seminole Indian Wars in Florida but soldiers tended to take them apart and strip the screw heads, making them useless. Still, they were pretty efficient and he got an order for guns for the war with Mexico, these with six shots, quick reloading and more power.
After the war was over, he sold guns to Mexico, in preparation for their next war. He sold, too, to both sides in the Civil War, and later to countries in Europe. The consummate salesman, he presented heads of state with custom-made pistols with elaborate designs and inscriptions, casually mentioning that their international rivals had already placed orders for his weapons.
Colt's weapons were a key part of the taming of the Wild West. To bolster sales, Colt hired artist George Catlin to paint a series of scenes prominently showing his weapons being used against Indians, outlaws, and wild animals. He hired writers to produce stories about his guns for magazines and readers to spot unsolicited stories mentioning his guns, often rewarding the editor with a gift revolver.
Charles Dickens wrote about Colt's revolver in an article in Household Words (1854). Books about Colt include Armsmear: the home, the arm, and the armory of Samuel Colt: A Memorial (1866), Instigation of the Devil (1930), Yankee Arms Maker: the Incredible Career of Samuel Colt (1935), A History of the Colt Revolver (1940), The Story of Colt's Revolver (1953), and The Flamboyant Mr. Colt and His Deadly Six-Shooter (1978).
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
It is the birthday of writer Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), who is best remembered for writing the Perry Mason murder mystery series. The Mason character was a defense attorney whose clients were charged with murders they didn't commit. Mason generally proved the innocence of his client by getting a confession from another character, usually during the trial while the murderer was on the witness stand. Gardner taught himself law and passed the bar exam in California in 1911. He practiced law and wrote on the side. After his first book, The Case of the Velvet Claws (1933), was published, Gardner devoted full time to writing. He patterned Mason's faithful and efficient secretary, Della Street, on his longtime secretary, Agnes Jean Bethell, whom he married in 1968. Here's an interesting clip of Gardner's appearance on the What's My Line? game show in 1957.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair this coming weekend. This year, it's at the University of the South in Sewanee, moved from nearby Cowan. We're always excited to be a part of this book fair. Not only do we see longtime customers and longtime bookseller friends (many of the regulars at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair exhibit in Tennessee), but this is a great place for bibliophiles. Tennessee is home of the Southern Agrarians, the writers and poets with a particularly southern sensitivity who arose at Vanderbilt University in the 1920s and 1930s. Accordingly we're taking works by Agrarians like Robert Penn Warren, Allen Tate and John Crowe Ransom and other Southern literature as well as English literature and leatherbound books (always quite popular in Tennessee). If you're in the area, stop by to see us. The book fair is in the Fowler Center on Texas Avenue. If not, we'll see you when we get back.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1460 but the date of his birth seems to be lost to history. It is known, however, that he died in July 1521, after a second visit to Florida with the intention of establishing a colony. Calusas didn't view positively his arrival with soldiers, priests and settlers, and a clear intention to move in. In the ensuing battle, Ponce de Leon was shot in the leg with a poisoned arrow. He died later in Cuba. Here's an excellent video from the television show Biography about Juan Ponce de Leon.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
|Detail of d'Anville's map of China.|
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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|Detail: Paul Revere (1770). Detail: Watson and the Shark (1778).|
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
his show on Comedy Central.