Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818)

“The most desolate place in the world” is where Mary Shelley was picnicking above the Sea of Ice [Mer de Glace], as it grinds into the Chamonix valley below. Perhaps Mary was having a bad day when she ascended Montanvert? She was tired after several hours of sitting...
Charles Dickens’sAmerican Notes for General Circulation (1842)

Charles Dickens’sAmerican Notes for General Circulation (1842)

Traveling from St. Louis across the Mississippi to the Prairie in Lebanon, Illinois, it took Dickens two days of bumpy riding to the Looking-Glass Prairie. An indefatigable sightseer, “A Jaunt to the Looking-Glass Prairie and Back,” Dickens was willing to endure hot...