Featured Event Oct. 14 & 15 = Knox County
Scenic Drive, a celebration of Rural Heritage. Join us for
the annual celebration here in Knox County, Illinois. The Knox County Scenic
Drive is a self-guided car tour, allowing you to navigate your way through
the small towns of Knox County, displaying the best they have to offer.
You will encounter old traditions, crafts and skills at each of the stops
along the way. Each
stop emphasizes a unique aspect of the rural heritage, but they are all
bonded together by a fun, friendly atmosphere with plenty to see and do
for the entire family. For more information visit
Featured Shop Visit Southern Memories
and Cottage Rose Tea Room. They are located on Old Highway
Hours are for the shop: Wed.-Sat. 10am to 5pm and for the Tea Room:
Wed.-Sat. 11am to 3pm. T Visitors may find anything from rustic farmhouse to
vintage styled home decor; with antique furniture, southern relics, and
specialty clothing & jewelry items. For more information call
573-856-4131 or visit
The Asheford Program is an
internationally recognized, professional-level "Profit & Pleasure"
on the study of antiques, collectibles and appraising. Click
here for more information.
In a little time
1 felt something alive moving on my left leg, which advancing gently
forward over my breast, came almost up to my chin; when bending my eyes
downward as much as I could, 1 perceived it to be a human creature not six
inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back.
In the mean time, I felt at least forty mote of the same kind (as 1
conjectured) following the first I was in the utmost astonishment, and
roared so loud, that they all ran back in a fright: and some of them, as I
was afterwards told, were hurt with the falls they got by leaping from my
sides upon the ground.
About the queerest pet that I ever had was a young hawk. My brother
Rums, who was a great sportsman, brought him home to me one night in
spring. He had shot the mother-hawk, and found this young half-fledged
one in the nest. I received the poor orphan with joy, for he was too
small for me to feel any fear of him, though his family had long borne
rather a bad name.
Jane Eyrr (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a
novel by English writer, Charlotte Bronte. It was published on 16
October 1847, in London, England, under the pen name "Currer Bell." The
first American edition was published the following year in New York.
Jane Eyre follows the emotions and experiences of its heroine including
her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester.
"In the year 2126, England
enjoyed peace and tranquillity under the absolute dominion of a female
sovereign. Numerous changes had taken place for some centuries in the
political state of the country, and several forms of government had been
successively adopted and destroyed, till, as is generally the case after
violent revolutions, they all settled down into an absolute monarchy."
I flatter myself that I have possessed peculiar facilities for the
successful accomplishment of the undertaking I have proposed to myself,
because of the possession of what is admitted to be undoubtedly the
largest and most perfect collection of the butterflies of North America
in existence, containing the types of W. H. Edwards, and many of those
of other authors.
In the family of the Cobbolds, at Ipswich, has existed for many years, a
merry and intellectual party, in which, the lively dance kept up with
good humour, was only surpassed in the introduction of such proofs of
genius as tended to enliven the intellect, as well as to engage the
. The author does not lecture his pupils, but endeavours to entice them
into the good path which shall lead them to honour and respect." * * *
"Kindness and good feeling run like veins of gold through every story."
* * * "Every page is studded with useful and genial hints and
encouraging advice to young men." * * * "' MY NEWYEAR'S GIFT' must prove
a boon to the rising generation, and is certainly ONE OF THE BEST
'GIFTS' THAT COULD BE PRESENTED BY A FATHER TO HIS SON, OR A TEACHER TO
HIS PUPIL, OR A GUARDIAN TO HIS WARD, "A NEW-YEAR'S GIFT."
OUT of the Three Million young men in our country on whom the burden of
a nation's life will rest, thirty years hence, and to whom we are to
look for our future presidents, governors, senators, judges, lawyers,
physicians, clergymen, merchants, and mechanics, how many will achieve
success? How many will make a failure of life? The destiny of the nation
is in their hands. How can they become "men of mark" to bear its
burdens? The following pages will seek to give some answer to these
Harriet Mann Miller (1831–1918)
was a naturalist, ornithologist and children's writer. She became an
author who sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Olive Thorne Miller. In
addition to writing on birds and their behavior, she contributed to the
journal of the Audubon Society
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character
created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a
graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School. A London-based
"consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is
known for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any
disguise, and his use of forensic science to solve difficult cases.
Holmes, who first appeared in print in 1887, was featured in four novels
and 56 short stories.
The present times are the beginning of a fresh chapter in the
history of Missouri. The tide of intelligent, industrious, and earnest
men, the rapid inauguration of public improvements and private
enterprises upon a scale heretofore unknown, the employment of skill and
capital in mining and manufacturing, the transformation of thousands of
acres of the virgin soil to cultivated farms, and the rapidly growing
villages and creation of new business centers, give us every reason to
date the opening of the new epoch in the development of the resources of
Missouri from the close of the war.
THE old stage coach was rumbling along the dusty road
that runs from Maplewood to Riverboro. The day was as warm as
midsummer, though it was only the middle of May, and Mr. Jeremiah Cobb
was favoring the horses as much as possible, yet never losing sight of
the fact that he carried the mail. The hills were many, and the reins
lay loosely in his hands as he lolled back in his seat and extended
one foot and leg luxuriously over the dashboard. His brimmed hat of
worn felt was well pulled over his eyes, and he revolved a quid of
tobacco in his left cheek.
“It was to soothe a mother’s heartbreak that I came in the saddest hours
of her life . . . ” Born two weeks after his father’s death, Georg
Ebers was his mother’s “comfort child.” It was reported that he actually
laughed on the third day of his life and that he embodied a “precocious
From a fatherless child to renowned Egyptologist and historical
romance author, Georg tackled life’s challenges with fortitude.
Have a favorite medical system, which I shall style Equestrianopathy. It
is vastly superior to Allopathy, Homoeopathy, Electropathy or pathy of
any other kind.
"When pain and anguish wring the brow," whether it comes from mental or
physical depression, too much exercise of brain or stomach, dissipation
of society or confinement in furnace-heated hotels or offices of the
city, I resort to my remedy.
Samuel Thomson (9 February 1769 – 5 October 1843) was a self-taught
American herbalist and botanist, best known as the founder of the
alternative system of medicine known as "Thomsonian Medicine", which
enjoyed wide popularity in the United States during the 19th century.
Ella Cheever Thayer (September 14, 1849 – 1925) was a playwright and
novelist. A former telegraph operator at the Brunswick Hotel in Boston,
Massachusetts, who used her experience on the telegraph as the basis for
a book ("Wired Love, A Romance of Dots and Dashes"was a bestseller for
10 years. She was a playwright, writing "The Lords of Creation" in 1883,
it was one of the first suffragette plays.She also wrote "Amber, a
Daughter of Bohemia"which was a drama in 5 acts in 1883.She also wrote
short stories for magazines including "The Forgotten Past" in Argosy
(magazine) (January, 1897). She was a resident of Saugus, Massachusetts.
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was
a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous
works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and
Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks
among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been
admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt
Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese,
Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov,J. M.
Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick
the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."
Chancellor "Chauncey" Olcott (July 21, 1858 – March 18, 1932) was an
American stage actor, songwriter and singer of Irish descent born in
Buffalo, New York.
Lillian Russell played a major role in helping make him a Broadway star.
Amongst his songwriting accomplishments, Olcott wrote and composed the
song "My Wild Irish Rose" for his production of A Romance of Athlone in
1899. Olcott also wrote the lyrics to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" for
his production of The Isle O' Dreams in 1912.
retired to Monte Carlo and died there of Pernicious anemia in 1932. His
body was brought home and interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The
His life story was told in the 1947 Warner Bros. motion picture My Wild
Irish Rose starring Dennis Morgan as Olcott. In 1970, Olcott was
posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (21 November 1863 – 12 May 1944) was a
British writer who published under the pen name of Q. He is primarily
remembered for the monumental Oxford Book Of English Verse 1250–1900
(later extended to 1918), and for his literary criticism. He guided the
taste of many who never met him, including American writer Helene Hanff,
author of 84, Charing Cross Road and its sequel, Q's Legacy; and the
fictional Horace Rumpole, via John Mortimer, his literary amanuensis.
1887, while he was at Oxford, he published Dead Man's Rock, a romance in
the vein of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and he followed
this up with Troy Town (1888), a comic novel set in a fictionalised
version of Fowey, and The Splendid Spur (1889). Quiller-Couch was well
known for his story "The Rollcall of the Reef", based on the wreck of
HMS Primrose in 1809 on the Cornish coast. He published in 1896 a series
of critical articles, Adventures in Criticism, and in 1898 he completed
Robert Louis Stevenson’s unfinished novel, St. Ives.
Emma Pike Ewing was an educator, lecturer and author. She was born Broome
County, New York in July 1838. She taught and lectured throughout the
United States and Canada. She is the author of “The Art of Cookery.”
Civil War Novel = Chapter 1 - The cold passed reluctantly from the earth,
and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills,
resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened,
and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumors. It cast its
eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long troughs of liquid mud to
proper thoroughfares. A river, amber tinted in the shadow of its banks,
purled at the army's feet; and at night, when the stream had become of a
sorrowful blackness, one could see across it the red, eyelike gleam of
hostile campfires set in the low brows of distant hills.
A. Edwards (June 14, 1895 – July 17, 1971) — known as "Ukelele Ike" — was
an American singer and voice actor who enjoyed considerable popularity in
the 1920s and early '30s, specializing in jazzy renditions of pop
standards and novelty tunes. He had a number-one hit with "Singin' In The
Rain" in 1929. He also did voices for animated cartoons later in his
career, and is best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's
a child I have been fond of dogs. They were among my earliest companions,
and I claim them as my latest and truest friends. Most men pride
themselves on their knowledge of horses and dogs, and an acquaintance with
their habits and peculiarities stands, with many, in the place of a
liberal education. But of all creatures the dog alone seems capable of
ministering to our wants without servility, of receiving reproof without
complaint, of displaying for both rich and poor an equal ardour of
friendship, and of following us to our graves with real and unselfish
regret. In nearly all parts of the world the dog is the servant and friend
of man; a collection of anecdotes, therefore, concerning this faithful
animal cannot but prove interesting.
"Ladies And Gentlemen, Fellow-Citizens And Surviving Comrades: Another
year has brought us to these consecrated grounds, again to pay our
tributes of love and reverence to departed heroes who sleep peacefully
about us beneath these mounds and monuments. The sighing breezes of this
beautiful spring-time, and the rich-voiced utterance of tender harmonies,
swelling in varied symphony through the lofty foliage of these native
forests, have a requiem cadence more appropriate and humanizing than
muffled drums and wailing trumpets, when pomp and circumstance wait upon
the biers of those who go to dusty death from places of power and from the
ranks of mere worldly grandeur."
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song by
Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer which has become the unofficial
anthem of North American baseball, although neither of its authors had
attended a game prior to writing the song. The song (chorus only) is
traditionally sung during the middle of seventh inning of a baseball
game. Fans are generally encouraged to sing along, and at some
ballparks, the words "home team" are replaced with the team name, as is
the case with the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers,
San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs,
Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto
Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers and several
other Major League Baseball teams.
Jack Norworth, while riding a subway train, was inspired by a sign that
said "Baseball Today – Polo Grounds". In the song, Katie's (and later
Nelly's) beau calls to ask her out to see a show. She accepts the date,
but only if her date will take her out to the baseball game. The words
were set to music by Albert Von Tilzer. (Norworth and Von Tilzer finally
saw their first Major League Baseball games 32 and 20 years later,
respectively.) The song was first sung by Norworth's then-wife Nora
Bayes and popularized by many other vaudeville acts. It was played at a
ballpark for the first known time in 1934, at a high-school game in Los
Angeles, and researchers think it made its debut at a major-league park
later that year.
Norworth wrote an alternative version of the song in 1927. (Norworth and
Bayes were famous for writing and performing such smash hits as "Shine
On, Harvest Moon".) With the sale of so many records, sheet music, and
piano rolls, the song became one of the most popular hits of 1908. The
Haydn Quartet singing group, led by popular tenor Harry MacDonough,
recorded a successful version on Victor Records.
The most famous recording of the song was credited to "Billy Murray and
the Haydn Quartet", even though Murray did not sing on it. The
confusion, nonetheless, is so pervasive that, when "Take Me Out to the
Ball Game" was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the
Recording Industry Association of America as one of the 365 top "Songs
of the Century", the song was credited to Billy Murray, implying his
recording of it as having received the most votes among songs from the
first decade. The first recorded version was by Edward Meeker. Meeker's
recording was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to
the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that
are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Annette Hanshaw, 1920s American Jazz Singer
Catherine Annette Hanshaw (October 18, 1901 – March 13, 1985) was an
American Jazz Age singer. Her singing style was relaxed and suited to the
new jazz-influenced pop music of the late 1920s. Although she had a low
opinion of her own singing, she continued to have fans because she
combined the voice of an ingenue with the spirit of a flapper. Hanshaw was
known as "The Personality Girl," and her trademark was saying "That's all"
in a cheery voice at the end of many of her records.
Between September 1926 and February 1934, she recorded prolifically. From
1926 to 1928 she recorded for Pathe (her sides were released on both the
Pathe and Perfect labels). Starting in June 1928, she recorded for
Columbia; most of these were issued on their dime store labels Harmony,
Diva, Clarion and Velvet Tone. A handful were also released on their
regular price Columbia and OKeh. Although most were released under her own
name, she was renamed Gay Ellis (for sentimental numbers) and Dot Dare or
Patsy Young (for her Helen Kane impersonations). She recorded under a
number of other pseudonyms, which included Ethel Bingham, Marion Lee,
Janet Shaw, and Lelia Sandford. Starting in August 1932, she began
recording for the ARC with her recordings issued on their Melotone,
Perfect, Conqueror, Oriole and Romeo. Her final session, February 3, 1934,
was placed on ARC's Vocalion label,
Hanshaw made her one and only appearance on film in the 1933 Paramount
short Captain Henry's Radio Show, "a picturization" of the popular
Thursday evening radio program Maxwell House Show Boat, in which she
starred from 1932 to 1934.
Having grown tired of show business, in the late 1930s Hanshaw retired and
settled into married life with her husband, Pathé Records executive Herman
"Wally" Rose. Later in life, in a would-be comeback, she recorded two demo
records, but they were never released. She died of cancer in 1985 at New
York Hospital, aged 83, after a long illness; she was living in Manhattan
at that time.
Collections of Hanshaw's recordings were released on Audio CD in 1999 by
Another revival of interest occurred in 2008 with the use of Hanshaw's
music throughout the full-length indie animated feature Sita Sings the
Blues, which retells the Indian epic poem the Ramayana from Sita's
perspective by setting scenes from it to performances by Hanshaw. More
recently, her 1929 song "Daddy Won't You Please Come Home" was featured in
the video game Bioshock 2 in 2010.
is the aim of this work to collect and preserve in enduring and popular
form some of the facts of the early settlement and subsequent growth of a
great county of a grand State. The families whose ancestors were early on
the ground, and whose members have made the county what it is, are worthy
of remembrance; end their difficulties and sorrows, customs, labors and
patriotism, should not be allowed to fall into oblivion. By a knowledge of
those the present generation will be instructed, end the future will be
history, if it is properly written, is interesting; and there is not a
country, or a city, or a hamlet,—nay, we might say, not a family or an
individual on the globe,—whose history might not be more or less valuable
Darby; but it was not in his belief of the "virtue of dreams" that his
weakness only lay. He likewise had a most extensive creed as regarded
fairies of all sorts and sizes, and was always on the lookout for a
a Leprechaun is a fairy of peculiar tastes, properties and powers, which
it is necessary to acquaint the reader with. His taste as to occupation is
very humble, for he employs himself in making shoes, and he loves
retirement, being fond of shady nooks, where he can sit alone and pursue
his avocation undisturbed. He is quite a hermit in this respect, for there
is no instance on record of two Leprechauns being seen together.
Samuel Lover (February 24, 1797 Dublin – July 6, 1868) was an
Anglo-Irish songwriter, novelist, and a painter of portraits, chiefly
miniatures. He was the grandfather of Victor Herbert.
Lover produced a number of Irish songs, of which several – including The
Angel's Whisper, Molly Bawn, and The Four-leaved Shamrock – attained great
popularity. He also wrote novels, of which Rory O'Moore (in its first form
a ballad), and Handy Andy are the best known, and short Irish sketches
which, with his songs, he combined into a popular entertainment called
Irish Nights. He joined with Charles Dickens in founding Bentley's
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an
English-American playwright and author. She is best known for her
children's stories, in particular Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in
1885-6), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author,
poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development
critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best
known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural
surroundings. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry
total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings
on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and
findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day
environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural
observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and
historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical
austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply
interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements,
historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated
abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential
Robert Grant (January 24, 1852 – May 19, 1940) was an
American author. Grant was born into a wealthy family in Boston,
Massachusetts on January 24, 1852. He attended Boston Latin School and
graduated from Harvard University in 1873. At one point in his college
career he was publicly reprimanded for missing chapel on 22 occasions.He received the first Ph.D. in English granted by Harvard in 1876
and a law degree in 1879.His first novel appeared in 1880. It
was called The Confessions of a Frivolous Girl, a realistic
depiction of the problems facing young women. He published his second
novel An Average Man in 1883, a study of two young New York lawyers
with very different ambitions. His next novel was Face to Face
(1886), which demonstrated the difference between English and American
manners and social standards. He followed that with the novel that proved
to be his most successful. Unleavened Bread (1900), the story of a
woman who abandons her moral standards in her search for prestige and
dominance was one of the best selling novels of 1900
magnificent works these ocean steamers are! There is no single achievement
which so specially characterises the progress of modern times as the ocean
steamer. It has bound together with enduring ties the continents of Europe
and America, and made the mighty waste of waters truly the highway of the
Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was
an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of
the American Romantic Movement.
known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the
earliest American practitioners of the short story and is generally
considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science
fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a
living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life
Frank Hamilton Spearman (September 6, 1859 – December 29, 1937) was an
was known for his books in the Western fiction genre and especially for
his fiction and non-fiction works on the topic of railroads.
Although he wrote prolifically about railroads, his actual career was that
of a bank president in McCook, Nebraska and did not himself work for a
railroad. Spearman was also a devout Roman Catholic convert and held
political views best described as proto-libertarian, both of which beliefs
are also reflected in his novels.
western novel Whispering Smith – the title character of which was modeled
on real-life Union Pacific Railroad detectives Timothy Keliher and Joe
Lefors (though the name of the titular hero was apparently derived from
another UPRR policeman, James L. "Whispering" Smith) – was made into a
movie on eight separate occasions, four silent films in 1916, 1917, 1926,
and 1927, with later versions in 1930, 1935, 1948 and 1952. In 1961, NBC
aired twenty episodes of the television series Whispering Smith, starring
Audie Murphy, a film star and World War II hero in the title role, and Guy
Mitchell as detective George Romack
Edwin Lefèvre (1871–1943) was an American journalist, writer, and
statesman most noted for his writings on Wall Street business.
age of nineteen, he began his career as a journalist and eventually became
a stockbroker, as well. Following his father's death, he inherited some
wealth and became an independent investor; and while living in Hartsdale,
New York a collection of Edwin Lefèvre's short stories were published
(1901) under the title "Wall Street Stories."
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June
1937) was a Scottish Author and dramatist, best remembered today as the
creator of Peter Pan. His father David Barrie was a modestly successful
weaver. His mother, Margaret Ogilvy, had assumed her deceased mother's
household responsibilities at the age of eight. Barrie was the ninth child
of ten (two of whom died before he was born),
It has been my endeavor,
in the following pages, to be suggestive
rather than conclusive; helpful rather than dogmatic. In
the early days of
my own study of handwriting, I
should have been very thankful to meet with such a practical and simply
written guide as that now offered to the
reader. Remembering the dense intricacies
of the subject, and
the tiresome road over which I have
travelled myself, I offer this treat as an aid to those who are trudging
the pathways of
a most fruitful and interesting science, albeit one beset with
many difficulties. To the expert I need
only say, "Greeting!" To the student my
earnest words are, "Be not weary . . . in due season ye shall reap if ye
Henry Tracey Coxwell (2 March
1819, Wouldham, Kent - 5 January 1900, Lewes, Sussex, England), was an
English aeronaut. He was the son of a naval officer, educated for the army,
but became a dentist. From a boy he had been greatly interested in
ballooning, then in its infancy, but his own first ascent was not made until
1844. In 1848 he became a professional aeronaut, making numerous public
ascents in the chief continental cities. Returning to London, he gave
exhibitions from the Cremorne Gardens and subsequently from the Surrey
Gardens. By 1861 he had made over 400 ascents. In 1862 in company with Dr
James Glaisher, he attained the greatest height on record, about 11,887 m
(39,000 ft). His companion became insensible, and he himself, unable to use
his frostbitten hands, opened the gas-valve with his teeth, and made an
extremely rapid but safe descent.
The result of this and other aerial voyages by Coxwell and Glaisher was the
making of some important contributions to the science of meteorology.
THERE is nothing in
England that exercises a more delightful spell over my imagination than the
lingerings of the holiday customs and rural games of former times. They
recall the pictures my fancy used to draw in the May morning of life, when
as yet I only knew the world through books, and believed it to be all that
poets had painted it; and they bring with them the flavour of those honest
days of yore, in which, perhaps with equal fallacy, I am apt to think the
world was more homebred, social, and joyous than at present.
“At four years old, I began to think in verse, and first dictating
verses and stories to my nurse and sister, I was soon writing them for
myself. I could also play, by ear, any music I heard that I liked.”
Precocious Alice Mangold, born in England in 1844, was fascinated by the
world around her.
The Moonstone (1868)
by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally
considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story
was originally serialized in Charles Dickens' magazine All the Year
Round. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are
considered Wilkie Collins' best novels.
Besides creating many of the ground rules of the
detective novel, The Moonstone also reflected Collins'
enlightened social attitudes in his treatment of the Indians and the
servants in the novel. Collins adapted The Moonstone for the
stage in 1877, but the production was performed for only two months.
Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a
series of children's books by Hugh Lofting starting with the 1920 The
Story of Doctor Dolittle. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in
favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He
later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to
better understand nature and the history of the world.
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