Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Picnic at Tintagel

Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Picnic at Tintagel

Tintagel Castle and its Arthurian associations have perennial romantic appeal—but Mary Elizabeth Braddon is the first  to fictionalize a picnic on the crag. It’s her addition to Britain’s mythology and a decorative episode in her novel Mount Royal, a novel with many...
Welty’s “Asphodel”

Welty’s “Asphodel”

Eudora Welty’s “Asphodel” is a humorous story with one of the best picnic menus ever ruined by mischance – the appearance of a naked man and the upsetting of baskets “filled with aromatic ham and chicken, spices and jellies, fresh breads and a cake, peaches,...
Alexander Pope is fearful of Snakes

Alexander Pope is fearful of Snakes

Not having the word picnic to describe his experience, Alexander Pope’s alfresco luncheon at Netley Abbey was a happy event. (It was not until 1806 that the English began to associate an alfresco meals with our familiar word picnic but what Pope describes is what we...