NovElla · Austen · Historical

A Fine Brush on Ivory

Watercolor of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra, 1804   A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen is a light academic analysis of Jane Austen’s writings by Richard Jenkyns, a professor and researcher of classical literature. If you like reading Jane Austen, and exploring the ideas within her works, this is the… Continue reading A Fine Brush on Ivory

Historical · Math · NovElla

Fibonacci Day 2017

Today’s the day to celebrate the Fibonacci sequence! Each number in the sequence is the sum of the two preceding numbers. Every year on November 23rd, the 11/23 date format starts the Fibonacci sequence. I explained more about the history and life of Fibonacci in my post last year. This year, Fibonacci Day lands on… Continue reading Fibonacci Day 2017

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Finding Fairy Tales: A Grimm Search

Where did the Brothers Grimm get all those fairy tales? Clever Maids: The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales has the answers! Fairy tale scholar Valerie Paradiz researched the origins of this fantastic fairy tale collection. Paradiz counters the widespread description of the Brothers Grimm traversing the country, from village to village, collecting the… Continue reading Finding Fairy Tales: A Grimm Search

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Aschenputtel: A Grimm tale

In this post, we find Cinderella, or Aschenputtel, in German folklore! You can find all my posts related to Cinderella at Introducing Cinderella. Jacob (1785 – 1863) and Wilhelm (1786 – 1859) Grimm, sometimes known as The Brothers Grimm, compiled their collection of fairy tales for an initial publication in 1812. Although more than a… Continue reading Aschenputtel: A Grimm tale

Historical · NovElla

The Liberty Bell

A sound like a sound of thunder rolled, And the heart of a nation stirred— For the bell of Freedom, at midnight tolled, Through a mighty land and was heard. And the chime still rung From its iron tongue Steadily swaying to and fro; And to some it came Like a breath of flame— And… Continue reading The Liberty Bell