The 1917 publication of The life of Algernon Charles Swinburne, by Edmund Gosse caused much discussion in the literary world:
"A bombshell that struck literary England a little past that last mid-century has been re-echoing in the recently published 'Life of Algernon Charles Swinburne' by Edmund Gosse. The shell was the volume called 'Poems and Ballads' a cursory knowledge of which probably places it in many minds as one of the bad books of literature..."
Kate Douglas Wiggin recalled her childhood train ride in the 1840's in which she was able to have a chat with one of her favorite authors, Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870), as he traveled the United States on a reading tour.
" 'Of course, I do skip some of the very dull parts once and a while; not the short dull parts but the long ones.' He laughed heartily. 'Now that is something that I hear very little about' he said".
Wise words from the Victorians regarding the perils of bachelorhood:
"There is no tear shed for the old bachelor; there is no ready hand and kind heart to cheer him in his loneliness and bereavement..."
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From the same country that gave us Benny Hill came this remarkable invention that improved men's lives immeasurably.
In her 1922 essay, Marriage, Jane Burr (né Rosalind Mae Guggenheim, 1882 - 1958) refers to the modern marriage as "progressive monogamy". She writes knowingly about the blessings and damnation of matrimony and believed that the institution has only improved since we entered an age where unions between man and woman can be so easily dissolved.
"Over the civilized globe there hangs this tragedy of women and this tragedy of men - those who are free longing for bondage, those who are in bondage longing for freedom, everybody searching for the pure white flame, yet everybody compromising with sordidness that could be avoided, if only a new attitude could be legitimized."
Up all hours and badly in need of sleep, the pointy headed historians at this website have examined all other possibilities and - leaving no stone un-turned, mind you - have unanimously voted in favor of dubbing this the weirdest invention of 1912...