Showing posts from November, 2012

Elijah's Mermaid Deep Waters. Dark Secrets. by Essie Fox: A Review

Since she was found as a baby, floating in the Thames one foggy night, the web-toed Pearl has been brought up in a brothel known as the House of Mermaids. Cosseted and pampered there, it is only when her fourteenth birthday approaches that Pearl realises she is to be sold to the highest bidder.  Meanwhile, the orphaned twins, Lily and Elijah, have shared an idyllic childhood, raised in a secluded country house with their grandfather, Augustus Lamb. But when Lily and Elijah go on a visit to London, a chance meeting with the ethereal Pearl will have repercussions for all of them, binding their fates together in a dark and dangerous way... In this bewitching, sensual novel, Essie Fox has written another tale of obsessive love and betrayal, moving from the respectable worlds of Victorian art and literature, and into the shadowy demi-monde of brothels, asylums and freak show tents - a world in which nothing and no-one is quite what they seem to be.  J.W. Waterhouse&

The King's Agent by Donna Russo Morin: A Review

The King’s Agent is based loosely on the life of Battista della Palla-a patriotic plunderer, a religious rogue-of the 16th century, a lifelong friend to the great Michelangelo. As the cloistered ward of the Marquess of Mantua, Lady Aurelia is a woman with a profound duty, and a longing for adventure. In search of a relic intended for the King of France, Battista and Aurelia cross the breathtaking landscape of Renaissance Italy. Clues hide in great works of art, political forces collide, secret societies and enemies abound, and danger lurks in every challenge, those that mirror the passages of Dante's Divine Comedy. It is an adventurous quest with undercurrents of the supernatural, powers that could change the balance of supremacy throughout Europe. To the casual observer, Battista della Paglia is an avid art collector, or perhaps a nimble thief. In reality, the cunning Italian is an agent for François, the King of France, for whom he procures the greatest masterpieces

Bid Time Return for Somewhere in Time you will Come Back To Me

IT ALL STARTED WITH A NOVEL, ‘ Bid Time Return’ by Richard Matheson in 1975.. In Bid Time Return , Richard Collier is a writer dying of an inoperable brain tumor. Following a sudden, inexplicable urge to escape his life, Collier finds himself checking into a grand old seaside hotel. Here he sees a photograph of Elise McKenna, star actress from the turn of the century, and falls in love. By the strength of his love and desire, Collier manages to will himself back in time to find Elise.   Richard Matheson also wrote the screenplay for the 1980 film titled Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Matheson is well known for his many novels, short stories and television and movie screenplays.   He also authored the novels The Incredible Shrinking Man , I Am Legend ,and Hell House , all of which were made into classic Sci Fi/horror films. Also, What Dreams May Come which inspired the movie starring Robin Williams. In Bid Time Return , Matheson evokes a moo

The Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Pre-Raphaelite Art

Why haven't I done this before? Here I have chosen some of my favorite Alfred Lord Tennyson poems along with some beautiful Pre-Raphaelite paintings and illustrations. I even threw in Julia Margaret Cameron! A sketch of The Merman by John William Waterhouse                The Merman I WHO would be A merman bold, Sitting alone Singing alone Under the sea, With a crown of gold, On a throne?   II     I would be a merman bold, I would sit and sing the whole of the day; I would fill the sea-halls with a voice of power; But at night I would roam abroad and play With the mermaids in and out of the rocks, Dressing their hair with the white sea-flower; And holding them back by their flowing locks I would kiss them often under the sea, And kiss them again till they kiss'd me     Laughingly, laughingly; And then we would wander away, away, To the pale-green sea-groves straight and high,     Chasing each other merrily.   III There would be neith

Happy Birthday Monsieur François-Auguste-René Rodin (1840-1917)

‘Admiration is not spent as a marble wears away. To the poets, to the seekers, to the quiet artists, in the heart of the city’s tumult, you give long moments of refuge. ’   Ode to Venus by Auguste Rodin, written by him around 1912  BIOGRAPHY Auguste Rodin was born on 12 November, 1840, and died on 17 November, 1917.   He was a French sculptor born in Paris, France. Rodin attended art school at a young age, but unable to advance to a higher education in art, he spent much of his early life working as a craftsman, doing decorative, architectural work.   It wasn’t until receiving a modest museum commission in 1880 that he was able to dedicate himself to his own art full-time.   By 1900, his dominating artistic career was well-established.   A prodigious worker, he remains best known for singular sculptures like The Thinker and The Kiss and his monuments to French writers Honore de Balzac and Victor Hugo . While Rodin’s works can be found in museum collections and on pu