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Dimbola Lodge Home of Julia Margaret Cameron Haunted...

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An episode of Haunted History investigating Dimbola Lodge, home of nineteenth-century pioneer photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron on the Isle of Wight. About twenty minutes in length this video shows the inside of the home which is now a museum. You will see Mrs. Cameron's piano with a book on top of it which was her piano that she owned and played all the time. You will also see her upstairs bedroom as well as her numerous photographs on the wall. So, please pay close attention as you watch it. Here is your chance to visit her home on the Isle of Wight!

 Julia Margaret Cameron photographed by Oscar Gustave Rejlander in 1863 playing her Erridge Piano. Is it the same one in the video?
The white building is Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight, UK

Halloween with William Blake and Henry Fuseli for the most part!

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The Wicked Fairy for 'At the Back of the North Wind' by Arthur Hughes c.1870
 The Night of Enitharmon's Joy (formerly called 'Hecate')c.1795 by William Blake, Tate Gallery
William Blake depicts Enitharmon, a female character in his mythology, or Hecate, the goddess of magic and the underworld.She is The Triple Hecate or The Triple Goddess as represented in Celtic Mythology. The triple theme also relates to the religious aspect of the Holy Trinity: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost.Though, doubtful that is what Blake is channeling here. Hecate, ‘is triple, according to mythology; a girl and a boy hide their heads behind her back. Her left hand lies on a book of magic; her left foot is extended. She is attended by a thistle-eating ass, the mournful owl of false wisdom, the head of a crocodile and a cat-headed bat.’ 
The Nightmare 1781 Oil on canvas  by John Henry Fuseli
There are two versions of The Nightmare is one of the first paintings that comes to mind when …

Author Interview with John Batchelor discussing his biography Tennyson: To strive, to seek, to find!

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When John Batchelor's latest biography, 'Tennyson: To strive, to seek, to find' came out in hardcover in the United Kingdom last year, I bought it immediately! I read it cover-to-cover and then reviewed it on Amazon UK. After exchanging emails he agreed to answer my questions! UK hardcover
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Queen Victoria's favourite poet, commanded a wider readership than any other of his time. His ascendancy was neither the triumph of pure genius nor an accident of history:he skilfully crafted his own career and his relationships with his audience. Fame and recognition came, lavishly and in abundance, but the hunger for more never left him. Like many successful Victorians, he was a provincial determined to make good in the capital while retaining his regional strengths. One of eleven children, he remained close to his extended family and never lost his Lincolnshire accent.Resolving never to be anything except 'a poet', he wore his hair long, smoked incessa…

Edgar Allan Poe's Terror of the Soul: The exhibit at The Morgan: October 4, 2013 through January 26, 2014

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Terror of the Soul comes from a phrase Poe wrote in his preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque and is the name of the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit currently running at The Morgan in Manhattan, New York.This is a true Poe exhibit. Here you will not find letters, painting portraits, from his wife, Virginia Poe or fellow authoress, Frances Osgood. There was a mention of Poe’s friend and enemy Griswold in a letter but it is strictly a male dominated exhibit.For instance, within the two rooms are featured framed on the wall Poe’s handwritten works Annabel Lee and The Bells, one of the earliest printings of ‘The Raven’, three copies of Tamerlane, his earliest published work, the first printing of The Cask of Amontillado. Some lesser known works such as A Reviewer Reviewed which is a never-before-exhibited piece he wrote under a pseudonym and his annotated copy of his last published book, Eurekaare here.