Jane Bowles’ In the Summer House (1953)

Jane Bowles’ In the Summer House (1953)

People do silly things at picnics, and Jane Bowles’ play In the Summer House proves the rule. Bowles means for the play to be absurd, and she succeeds. The play begins with a lawn picnic at which characters with tenuous relationships incessantly bicker. When Mr....
E.M. Foster’s Howards End  Garden Party

E.M. Foster’s Howards End Garden Party

Henry Wilcox’s garden party for his daughter’s wedding s reveals Edwardian hypocrisy and predatory sexuality.  It’s a turning point in Foster’s Howards End. Forster scants the dinner itself, but when it is about to end, the guests are in stages of departure....
May Boykin Chesnut’s  Diary from Dixie (1861)

May Boykin Chesnut’s Diary from Dixie (1861)

Thomas Coram’s View Of Mulberry in 1800 looks up to the rear of the house from the vantage point of “the street” so-called because it was lined with slave quarters, of which height houses are visible. Coram’s view suggests “the street” was a matter of pride and...
Charles Dickens and Cast of The Frozen Deep (1857)

Charles Dickens and Cast of The Frozen Deep (1857)

Frederic Ouvry’s invitation to July garden party at his home in Fulham Green, London is he insinuates that guests would gather with two celebrities: Albert Smith, the popular lecturer of “The Glaciers of Mont Blanc” and Charles Dickens who was producing and acting in...
Giovanni Passeri’s  A Party Feasting (1645c.)

Giovanni Passeri’s A Party Feasting (1645c.)

Giovanni Baptista Pesseri’s A Party Feasting in a Garden seems a happy end to an alfresco luncheon. Young couples are deep in conversation, flirting and courting, which suggests that this is a garden of love. It casual and innocent, though Pessari is a moralist, and...