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Penny Dreadfuls Got Children Reading

Apropos of the Hallowe’en celebrations that occurred this past weekend, check out this article: How Gruesome Penny Dreadfuls Got Victorian Children Reading.       Penny who? In the 18th century there was a form of adventuresome, frightening, sometimes even gory books, popular among the undereducated working classes in England, that were called “Penny Dreadfuls.” These simple books, […]

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Got Rain? Get Books!

When the dregs from Hurricane Nate drifted up to my home in Louisville, Ky., my wife and I enjoyed a couple of days of lovely soft rain, happy to have missed the torrential rains experienced by gulf coast states in the Deep South. The welcome rains came after a several-week dry spell that had lawns turning brown […]