The Myth of the Wipers Times

There are a lot of myths surrounding the history of reading. From time to time, we aim to correct historical misconceptions that have entered the realm of received wisdom. This one relates to the most celebrated trench newspaper to be printed on the Western Front during the First World War. The title of The WipersContinue reading “The Myth of the Wipers Times”

Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa

‘I have no books’ Robert Louis Stevenson complained to one of his correspondents shortly after he arrived in Samoa in 1890.  A full six months later he was able to report, not without a little ambivalence: Our books and furniture keep slowly draining up the road, in a sad state of scatterment and disrepair; IContinue reading “Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa”