Charles Dickens and Cast of The Frozen Deep

Charles Dickens and Cast of The Frozen Deep

Frederic Ouvry’s invitation to July garden party at his home in Fulham Green, London is he insinuates that guests would gather with two celebrities: Albert Smith popular lecturer of “The Glaciers of Mont Blanc” and Charles Dickens who was producing and acting in The...
Napoleon’s Almonds

Napoleon’s Almonds

Napoleon’s valet said that he was a frugal eater, but after five years of exile on St. Helena, his face was fat and his figure plump. Henry Dodgin’s contemporary sketch of the great man suggests a penguin. But it’s not a caricature, and for sure, this is how Napoleon...
Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past

Woodson’s We Had a Picnic Sunday Past

Jacqueline Woodson’s We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (1997) is a joyous family gathering with mounds to eat. A feast. It’s a story about a African American family reunion picnic in an urban park. The narrator, a young girl, comes with her Grandma, who has worked all...
Alcott’s Little Women

Alcott’s Little Women

“Sunshine and laughter are good omens for a pleasure party,” so Louisa Maya Alcott writes in Little Women. And when Laurie’s writes to Jo to explaining his intentions, he promises sunshine and laughter Dear Jo, What ho! Some English girls and boys are coming to...