Sloan Wilson’s Gray Flannel Picnic

Sloan Wilson’s Gray Flannel Picnic

Without giving any reason, Ernest Hemingway thought Sloan Wilson’s The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit was trash. However, Americans still readjusting to World War Two and its aftermath, thought otherwise. It was a best seller, and Nunnally Johnson faithfully adapted it...
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...