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...
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 within a year of publication, Nunnally...
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...