George Cruikshank’s Pic Nic disturbed by a Swarm of Bees (1826)

George Cruikshank’s Pic Nic disturbed by a Swarm of Bees (1826)

Round up the usual suspects! Featured Image: George Cruikshank. Pic Nic disturbed by a Swarm of Bees. Aquatint. London: George Humphrey, 1826; http://images.library.yale.edu/walpoleweb/oneitem.asp?imageId=lwlpr12922.  A black and white print is the British Museum...
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 Mario Vargas Llosa’s Don Rigoberto’s Note Books stretches his imagination not to believe otherwise.   Having endured deep family and personal stress, Rigoberto,...
General Slocum Picnic Disaster (1891)

General Slocum Picnic Disaster (1891)

Searching for the joy and peace of a picnic doesn’t always mean it’s attainable. One thousand congregants of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church boarded the steamship General Slocum, at its birth on the East River in lower Manhattan and died. They expected a pleasant...
Ted Hughes’ Iron Man Wrecks Picnic

Ted Hughes’ Iron Man Wrecks Picnic

It’s an ordinary picnic on a grassy mound. A family spread a cloth and unpacks “a roasted chicken, a bottle of milk, a bowl of tomatoes, a bagful of boil eggs, a dish of butter and a loaf of bread, with cheese and salt and cups.” Then the earth rumbles and quakes, a...
A.S. Byatt’s Morpho Eugenia (1992)

A.S. Byatt’s Morpho Eugenia (1992)

When flying ants fall into the strawberries, cucumber sandwiches, and the silver cream jugs, the Midsummer’s Day picnic is ruined. Everyone runs for cover. Cinematically, Angels & Insects, directed by Philip Haas and his co-screenwriter Belinda Haas is played out...