John Fowles’  Daniel Martin(1977)

John Fowles’ Daniel Martin(1977)

Fowles’s macabre notion of wrecking pleasure is an aborted picnic on the River Cherwell. Daniel Martin and Jane Mallory, two Oxford undergraduates, set out for a pleasant outing.  They are punting and chatting, not knowing that this day is the beginning of a...
Samuel Pepys’ Diary 1664 & 1667

Samuel Pepys’ Diary 1664 & 1667

Samuel Pepys’ “frolique” is our picnic was a favorite way for him to spend an afternoon with friends idling. We know this from his Diary, a frank glimpse of his personal and professional lives, begun when he was thirty-seven and continued for the next decade. Among...
A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac (1780c)

A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac (1780c)

Lima was a thriving major colonial town now grown into Chile’s capital and largest city with 10 million. Two centuries ago, an unidentified artist of the Lima School painted A Merry Company on the Banks of the Rímac, a happy picnic in which elegant aristocrats engaged...
Mario Vargas Ilosa’s The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto (1998)

Mario Vargas Ilosa’s The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto (1998)

According to expectation, Don Rigoberto assumes a picnic is always happy. However, the hero of  Vargas Llosa’s Don Rigoberto’s Note Books stretches his imagination not to believe otherwise.   Having endured deep family and personal stress, Rigoberto, insurance...
Winston Churchill Picnics on the Rhine (1945)

Winston Churchill Picnics on the Rhine (1945)

Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister, picnicked in Holland on the Rhine River West bank with Gen. Bernard Montgomery, and Field Marshall Alan Brooke (February 1945). Allied armies had already crossed the Rhine and invaded Germany, and though the area was...