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...
Welty’s “Asphodel”

Welty’s “Asphodel”

Asphodel is the wild flower the Greeks associated with Hades, the underworld. Eudora Welty’s “Asphodel” (1942) is a story about an Ante-Bellum mansion ruined by fire that was a living Hell for the “outraged” Miss Sabina, unhappy wife of the “profane” Mr. Don McInnis....
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...
Frederick Ashton’s Picnic at Tintagel

Frederick Ashton’s Picnic at Tintagel

Until Frederick Ashton’s Picnic at Tintagel, there was never a picnic in the myth of Tristan and Iseult. Thomas Mallory, Alfred Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Richard Wagner, and Thomas Hardy adapted they my and accentuated the doomed love affair. But Ashton found...