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19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus

A stormy evening closes in on a villa not far from Lake Geneva. The group of friends gathered there read ghost stories to pass the time. Inspired by these tales… Read More

19th Century, Literature, Videos

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Sherlock Holmes

Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark discussing the ups and downs Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endured while living with his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes. Read More

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

In January of 1851, a 40 year old homemaker and mother of six received $300 from a Washington D.C. newspaper to write a short antislavery narrative. Staying up nights after… Read More

19th Century, Literature

Saved From the Flames: The First Series of the Poems of Emily Dickinson

In 1886, an elderly and reclusive spinster died in a small New England town, leaving instructions to her younger sister to burn all her surviving correspondences. The town was Amherst, and… Read More

19th Century, Literature, Videos

The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Watch a short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark with the story behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.         Read More

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

…how he wept over it, and laughed and wept again…how he walked thinking of it fifteen and twenty miles about the black streets of London, and many a night after… Read More

19th Century, Literature

Twenty Thousands Leagues Under the Sea: The Influences of Jules Verne

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.   It is a great irony of 19th century literature that Jules Verne owed the inspiration for his first… Read More

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind the First Sherlock Holmes Novel: A Study in Scarlet

In 1882, a young doctor waited for patients to arrive. To pass the time, he began writing short stories.   The man named Arthur Conan Doyle later became embarrassed by… Read More

19th Century, Literature

The Story: Walt Whitman’s First Edition Leaves of Grass

One of the world’s most important books of poetry may never have been published if the poet had not been a printer himself. I speak of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,… Read More

19th Century, Literature

Mark Twain’s Controversial Masterpiece

Mark Twain is one of America’s greatest writers, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is his defining novel, popular and controversial from the time of its publication in 1885 to this… Read More