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The swift downfall of Queen Anne Boleyn in May 1536 is talked about perhaps as much today as it was when the scandalous events unfolded during the unquiet reign of King Henry VIII. Some historians pin Anne Boleyn’s demise squarely on the shoulders of Thomas Cromwell, the King’s chief councilor and Lord Privy Seal. Perhaps less conspicuous, and certainly less lamented, is the equally swift downfall of Cromwell himself shortly thereafter.
July 27, 2015
Readers would be hard-pressed to find a better point of entry into the imaginary world of Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear, Piglet, Roo, Rabbit and Eeyore than this splendid endpaper map of the “100 Aker Wood,” drawn by Ernest Shepard for A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.
July 16, 2015
Mention the author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, and most people think of his yellow-hatted heroine, Madeleine. Perhaps less well known is a book he wrote only two years before Madeleine’s debut, The Castle Number Nine.
June 25, 2015
When Anthony Trollope began writing the last Palliser novel, The Duke’s Children, he made swift dispatch of a much-loved character in the series: Lady Glencora, Duchess of Omnium.
June 18, 2015
That ingenious gentleman from La Mancha, familiarly known to readers as Don Quixote, was introduced to the world by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra in 1605. Francisco de Robles purchased the rights to publish the book, and Part I appeared for the first time in print in Madrid early that year.
June 4, 2015
Marbled endpapers, like these that line the covers of a twentieth-century fine-press edition of Keats’s letters, sometimes can stand as works of art in their own right.
May 28, 2015
On September 4, 1893, Beatrix Potter sent a letter to five-year-old Noel Moore. The little boy was the son of her friend and former tutor, Annie Moore, and Potter wanted to lift his spirits.
May 20, 2015


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