Photo credits: Photos from NYT by Emon Hassan Nicely done obit in the New York Times today by Sam Roberts for Madeline Kripke, a self-taught lexicographer who had over 20,000 books in her apartment related to dictionaries and slang. Sadly, she died of pneumonia brought on by the COVID-19 virus. It would be wonderful if her incredible and quirky collection can find a home in a university collection, but no plans have ever been made. No word if she owned Johnson's English Dictionary. Her parents, according to Roberts, were friends of Warren Buffett and took his financial advice, so perhaps she would have been able to afford one. We sell a removable, beautifully illustrated Johnson sticker for just $2.95. You can see it here.
The Charles Dickens Museum, located in his former house at 48 Doughty Street, London, could close down permanently due to a lack of visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been open since 1925. This, according to an article in today's New York Times by Nina Siegal. The Museum thinks it can hang on until September. Many other museums face the same fate. It looks to me like their online store is still open, and it is filled with fantastic Dickens gifts. Personally, I love the Reading Ticket keyring. You can also learn about donating to the museum here. Literary Locations will donate $1.00 to the Museum for every Dickens sticker we sell in May. Like all our stickers, it...
Terrific article in LitHub today by Gina Fattore, about how Fanny Burney changed literature forever. Burney was a favorite of the greatest critic of the age, Samuel Johnson, and her novel Cecilia was probably where Jane Austen found the phrase "pride and prejudice." Unfortunately, she is mostly forgotten today, the fate of all-too-many brilliant women writers. Fattore has just published a book called The Spinster Diaries, in which the protagonist, a TV writer, turns to Burney's work for inspiration. You can read more about it here, and order it as well. If you are a Fanny Burney fan, you may like our sticker, too.
Interesting article in JSTOR Daily by Matthew Wills about new scholarship revealing how Dickinson was engaged with the scientific and philosophical issues of her time. And she was even willing to change her thinking on many of them, including evolution. You can order our removable Emily Dickinson sticker, perfectly sized for laptops, phones, and carriages, here. It's $2.95, and the shipping's on us.