Monthly Archives: December 2018

Public Domain Day advent calendar #31: New Hampshire by Robert Frost

…for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. So ends “Fire and Ice”, one of the more than forty poems included in Robert Frost‘s 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection New Hampshire.  Frost’s short poem uses ice as a metaphor for … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #30: In the Orchard by Virginia Woolf

“The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts,” Willa Cather wrote in a preface to a 1936 collection of essays.  Many read her remark as referring to major changes in literary forms and styles underway in the early 1920s, … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #29: Success by A. A. Milne

I’ve been giving plays somewhat short shrift in this calendar so far. The only ones I’ve mentioned so far were noted in yesterday’s post as not actually joining the public domain in January.  So today I’ll discuss a play from … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #28: Parisian Pierrot by Noël Coward

One of the hits of the 1923 London theater season was the musical revue London Calling!  It was the first publicly performed musical by Noël Coward, who starred in the 1923 production alongside Gertrude Lawrence, and who continued to write … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #27: The Invisible Monster by Sonia Greene

Visitors to newsstands in early 1923 encountered a number of significant American magazines for the first time. They could pick up the first issues of Time, with brief, breezy dispatches relating the week’s news from around the world.  (Issues of … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #26: Crystallizing Public Opinion by Edward L. Bernays

“Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including in the United States.” That was the lead finding of Freedom House’s 2017 Freedom on the Net report, “Manipulating … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #25: Christmas Day at Sea by Joseph Conrad

“In all my twenty years of wandering over the restless waters of the globe I can only remember one Christmas Day celebrated by a present given and received.” By the time Joseph Conrad wrote that line in 1923, he had … Continue reading

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