From the Chinese film version of "The Gallant Maid" titled "The Heroine" Continue
He Yufeng was created by “Yanbei Xianren” and appeared in Ernü ying xiong zhuan (The Gallant Maid, 1851-1879). “Yanbei Xianren” was the pseudonym of Wen K’ang (1798- 1872), a local official in Anhui who came from a prominent Manchu family and was appointed imperial agent to Lhasa. The Gallant Maid is little-known outside of China but is popular…
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Inquisition Scene by Francisco Goya
Pedro Arbuez d’Espila
was created by Villiers de l’Isle Adam and appeared in “The Torture of Hope” (Nouveaux Contes Cruels
, 1888). “The Torture of Hope” is in many ways the quintessential conte cruel
There was a real Pedro Arbuez d’Espila,… Continue
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Illustration by Maxfield Parrish from The Arabian Nights, 1909
was created by Marcel Schwob and appears in “Sufrah, Geomancer” (Vie Imaginaire
, 1896). Schwob was also the creator of the King in the Golden Mask
“Sufrah, Geomancer” is a sequel to the Arabian Nights
. Moghrabi Sufrah is the magician who is Aladdin’s enemy in the Arabian Nights
, but as “Sufrah, Geomancer” tells us, at the end of… Continue
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The Hellenes were created by G.G.A. Murray and appeared in Gobi or Shamo: A Story of Three Songs
(1889). George Gilbert Aime Murray (1866-1957) was a scholar of the Classics, a Fellow at Oxford, a playwright, a translator and popularizer of Hellenism, and a passionate liberal, campaigning tirelessly for the League of Nations.
Gobi or Shamo
is the search for a lost colony of Greeks. Mavrones is a young English scholar who yearns… Continue
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Close up of Danae Stratou's "Desert Breath", which would be an apt illustration for this novelette. Image courtesy of io9. Click for link.
were created by “J. H. Rosny (aîné)” and appeared in “Les Xipéhuz” (“The Shapes,” L’Immolation, 1887). “J. H. Rosny (aîné)” was the pen name of Joseph Henri Honoré Böex (1866-1940), a French author. For many years after his death… Continue
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The Lost Race Story.
Stories in which unknown lands and races are discovered have been written for centuries, but in the last two decades of the 19th century a new type of story involving their discovery was created. The genre began with the 1885 publication of H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines
and the 1887 publication of… Continue
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Note: Read Part 1 of this essay here.
Cartoon from The Wasp. Image courtesy of Berkeley University. Click for link.
Historical and cultural trends fed into the development during the 19th century of the Yellow Peril in the United States and Europe.… Continue
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Note: Jess Nevins' entry on the Yellow Peril was just too fascinating to be abridged, and so it will be posted in two parts. Follow along next Wednesday for Part II.
Film poster for The Face of Fu Manchu, who is one of the best known examples of the Yellow Peril stereotype. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Yellow Peril.
Although the anti-Asian stereotype of the “Yellow… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on May 11, 2011 at 3:36pm —
Image from the Gerstäcker Magazine from the Gerstäcker Museum, featuring his illustrated Westerns. Click for source (in German).
was created by Friedrich Gerstäcker and appeared in Die Regulatoren in Arkansas
("The Regulators of Arkansas, 1845"). Gerstäcker (1816-1872) was a German who went to America in 1837. For six years he lived a checkered life in America, working as a… Continue
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was created by Gertrude Atherton and appeared in “The Doomswoman”
, September, 1892, as a novel, 1900). Atherton (1857-1948) was a notable American novelist and won the Légion d’Honneur for her hospital work during WW1. The Doomswoman
is a historical romance of Old California.
is set in the days when America… Continue
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was created by William Beckford
and appeared in Vathek: An Arabian Tale from an Unpublished Manuscript, with Notes Critical and Explanatory
(1786). Beckford (1760-1844) was one of English literature's real oddities. He lived a life of scandal and extravagance, both financial and sexual, and even in the 21st century his name retains the… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 20, 2011 at 12:00am —
Alfons Mucha's Salammbo (1896). Click for source.
was created by Gustave Flaubert and appeared in Salammbô
(1862). Flaubert (1821-1880) is one of the major writers of the 19th century. Although he is best known for Madame Bovary
he has a respectable body of work, from short stories to dramas. His work is generally placed in the realist genre, but his skill as a stylist and technician is far above most of the other realists.… Continue
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One representation of Agartha, based on writings of Raymond W. Bernard, which assumed that Agartha existed inside the Earth with an opening entrance in the Himalayas. Click for source.
Agartha was created by “Saint Yves d'Alveydre” and appeared in Mission de l'Inde en Europe, Mission de l'Europe en Asie (Mission to India from Europe, Mission to Europe from Asia, 1885). Joseph Alexandre Saint-Yves, Marquis d’Alveydre (1824-1909) was a…
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on April 4, 2011 at 9:54pm —
Image courtesy of Phountains. Click for source.
was created by Fergus Hume and appeared in Hagar of the Pawnshop, The Gypsy Detective
(1898). Hume (1859-1932) was born in England but grew up in New Zealand and moved to Australia to practice law.… Continue
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Vintage print of a Mexican cowgirl
was created by William H. Manning and appeared in “Lady Jaguar, the Robber Queen. A Romance of the Black Chaparral” (Beadle’s New York Dime Library
v14 n176, 8 March 1882). Manning (1852-1929) was a Bostonian author of frontier stories and dime novels.
Doña Luisa Villena, a Mexican noblewoman, is drugged… Continue
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Amelia B. Edwards, author of "The Story of Salome". Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Salome da Costa
was created by Amelia B. Edwards and appeared in… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 15, 2011 at 10:46pm —
was created by Leo Charles Dessar and appears in A Royal Enchantress
(1900). Dessar (1847-1924) was a New York judge who was a part of the corrupt Tammany Hall political system.
There was a real Cahina (alternatively, “Kahena” or “Kahina”), a Queen of the Berbers
in the 7th and 8th… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on March 9, 2011 at 12:00am —
Sculpture of Ji Gong in Ling Yin Temple. Click for source.
appears in Wang Mengji’s Jigong zhuan
, c. 1859), Guo Guangrui's Pingyan Jigong zhuan
, 1898), and the thirty-eight sequels to Storyteller's Jigong which appeared in China (mostly Shanghai) between 1905 and 1926. No… Continue
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Tokeah, or The White Rose opening page
was created by “Charles Sealsfield” and appeared in Tokeah; or the… Continue
Added by Ay-leen the Peacemaker on February 23, 2011 at 12:00am —
The Almirante Latorre (Chilean Navy), as the HMS Canada by the time this photo was taken. This was one of Chile's first modern battleships, built in the early 1900s. Click for source.
“A Question of Reciprocity” was a serial written by Robert Duncan Milne and appeared in San Francisco Examiner, November 15-22, 1891. Milne (1844-1899) was a San Franciscan journalist and writer whose alcoholism first destroyed his… Continue
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