Milestones: Alfred, Lord Tennyson & Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Gathering of Friends September 27, 1855, Alfred Tennyson read from his new book Maud and Other Poems at a social gathering in the home of Robert and Elizabeth Browning in London. Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the guests. As Alfred Tennyson read from his collection, Dante Rossetti was inspired to make a sketchContinue reading “Milestones: Alfred, Lord Tennyson & Dante Gabriel Rossetti”

The Lady in Gold

“The lawyer was Randol Schoenberg, the grandson of a venerated Viennese composer who had fled the rise of Hitler. The return of this ominous heir was anything but welcome. The painting Schoenberg sought was a shimmering gold masterpiece, painted a century earlier, by the artistic heretic Gustav Klimt. It was a portrait of a VienneseContinue reading “The Lady in Gold”

Alice B. Toklas

To be clear, I love all books, which must be understood before you read my next sentence: Over the past few years, my enjoyment of fiction has been overtaken by my greater enthusiasm for non-fiction.  This may be a bold statement, to be sure, but if you ever read, “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas,” writtenContinue reading “Alice B. Toklas”