Wilson’s War Picnic

Wilson’s War Picnic

Ernest Hemingway thought Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955) was trash, probably because he found the hero unbelievable, and the war just an excuse for a sexual romance. But the public thought otherwise. It was a best seller and immediately adapted...
Mary Belson Elliott ‘s  Mice and Their Pic Nic

Mary Belson Elliott ‘s Mice and Their Pic Nic

All but forgotten except by picnic scholars like me, Elliott’s children’s book The Mice and Their Pic Nic is remembered as the second published reference to a picnic in English. It appeared in 1806, three years after The Happy Courtship, Marriage, and Pic Nic Dinner...
Horace’s “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse”

Horace’s “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse”

Horace’s delights in a rustic country dinner, rusticus cenae, the custom of which is linked to the Greek custom of eranos, a dinner to which each guest contributes something. It was an old custom in Horace’s time, and soon faded. It was apparently unknown to the...