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Week 28: Re-reading Little Women, or how to ruin a great childhood memory

Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century was an exciting place to be, if you were of a thoughtful bent. For a small town, it was home to a substantial collection of philosophers and writers, the most prominent being Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leading lights of the Transcendentalist movement. Emerson's neighbours included Henry David [...]

By | 2017-12-19T15:48:51+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Week 26: Sin and The Scarlet Letter

I confess to having a link - an extremely tenuous one, I admit - to the author of The Scarlet Letter. Sarah Averill Wildes, my eighth great-aunt, was hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem, Massachusetts, on the 19th of July, 1692. Her crime, they said, was witchcraft. One of the men who sent her there [...]

By | 2017-12-05T17:31:02+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments