***This post is part of Made in 1938 Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Pop Culture Reverie blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “It’s still a life for a life, as far as I’m concerned.” (Warren William, Wives Under Suspicion) The year 1938 was an interesting one in America. The nation started … Continue reading A Life for a Life: Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
The idea behind the cartoon is, as I mention below, big business controlled the government during the Gilded Age. In this cartoon, big business is represented by “the robber barons”, the name given to railroad company tycoons (and the businesses that made them possible, such as the steel business), pictured as bloated bags of money, … Continue reading Not Worth a Cent: Glitz and Excess in The Gilded Age
Photo Credit: OpenClipartVectors/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 Welcome to the Dream Book Blog’s first post of 2019! I’m not ashamed to say I’m a feminist. I became a feminist in college when I began studying literature and women’s fiction. I came from a very patriarchal house (read: chauvinist) where my parents supported the idea that the men ruled … Continue reading A Dissatisfying Ideology: Separate Spheres in the 19th Century
Photo Credit: Hip, hip, hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen, Peder Severin Kroyer, 1888, oil on canvas, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden: Thuresson/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD old 100) First off, here’s wishing everyone a happy New Year!!! I know that 2018 was a tough year for me and I think it was a tough year for … Continue reading Happy New Year!!! (Plus 2019 Blog Updates)
Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I see it as a celebration of the holiday spirit, whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday or don’t celebrate at all (and that’s OK too!). Wishing all of you and yours a happy, safe, and peaceful holiday season. Photo Credit: Happy Christmas, painted by Johansen … Continue reading Happy Holidays!!!
***This post is part of What a Character! Blogathon 2018, hosted by the Once Upon a Screen…, the Paula’s Cinema Club, and the Outspoken and Freckled blogs. *** ***Some spoilers*** “‘Retire? Whatever for?… Who cares how old I am? Who cares how long it was since I first played Peter Pan?’” (Gladys Cooper, as quoted in … Continue reading An Individual: Gladys Cooper
Photo Credit: A photo of the Benicia pier with the dilapidated boat house and boat. Photo taken by me :-). “‘Benicia, the memorable ‘city of the Straits’…” (as quoted in Thompson, par. 9) Back when I first conceived my historical mystery series, The Paper Chase Mysteries, I knew location would be an important factor. One … Continue reading Benicia, California, “City of the Straights”
No blog post this week. Instead, here’s my Thanksgiving wish to all of you (whether you’re in the States or abroad). May your holiday be joyous, peaceful, and full of grace!!! And if you’re curious about how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Gilded Age, check out this blog post. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
Photo Credit: Illustration from “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”, Sydney Paget, Strand Magazine, 1904: Sebastian Wallroth/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100) Thank you to all the wonderful people who are continuing to check out my blog. The support and encouragement has been overwhelming! I will be traveling abroad for the next several months so … Continue reading Blog Break and Series Fact Sheet
***This post, though a bit late, is part of The Joseph Cotten Blogathon, hosted by the In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and the Maddy Loves Her Classic Films blogs. Thank you for letting me post late and still participate :-).*** ***Some spoilers*** “I find that joy and sorrow work their wonders on me.” - … Continue reading The Intruders: Joseph Cotten and Betsy Blair in A Delicate Balance (1973)