A nun plucks penises off a phallus tree.
Roman de la Rose, c. 1325-1353. (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. Fr. 25526, f. 106v.)
“Not for the world.”
“Nor I. Not for anything you could give me. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration. For one thing you could give me I might want twenty years of my life back. But not the same twenty years. And if I went back to my twenties, I shouldn’t be wanting the same thing."
— Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers (via smokeandsong)
— Flaubert’s Parrot, Julian Barnes
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Sitzfleisch, n. The ability to focus on a complicated skill for the length of time it takes to master it.
— Thea Gallo Becker on Addie Waites Hunton, social reformer, educator, and unsung hero, in the African American National Biography on the Oxford African American Studies Center. We’ll be bringing you biographies of forgotten heroes from the First World War along with other information during the centenary year. (via oupacademic)
Perhaps if I “write” anything in dug-outs or talk in sleep a squad of riflemen will save you the trouble of buying a dagger."
A letter from Wilfred Owen to Siegfried Sassoon (September 1, 1918).
Sassoon had told Owen that he would stab him in the leg if he tried to return to the Front, which Owen did in July 1918. He returned to active service in France and was killed in action a few months later, exactly one week before the signing of the Armistice would officially end the war.
This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Oxford University Press is sharing numerous resources for scholars and students looking for new understanding of the war and its legacy.
- "French Soldiers and Their Correspondence: Towards a History of Writing Practices in the First World War" by Martyn Lyons in French History
- "Printing, Writing and a Family Archive: Recording the First World War" by Michèle Barrett and Peter Stallybrass in History Workshop Journal
- "Good Bombing, Bad Bombing: Hollywood, Air Warfare, and Morality in World War I and World War II" by Frank J. Wetts and Martin A. Novelli in Magazine of History
- “‘A Participant’s History?’: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Manipulation of Oral History” by Teresa Iacobelli in the Oral History Review
Find further resources at the First World War Centenary Hub on our UK website, World War I: Commemorating the Centennial on our US website, the University of Oxford First World War activities, the World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings resource center from the University of Oxford and JISC, Bodleian Libraries’ Oxford World War I Centenary Programme, and more to come throughout 2014.
Image credit: World War I Daily Mail Official War Photograph, Series 16, No. 123, titled “British Chaplain Writing Home for Tommy”. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
On the shelves in Oxford this week are two accounts of the early days of the First World War. The first is Gordon Martel’s The Month that Changed the World, July 1914, a gripping step by step account of the five fateful weeks that led to the Great War; the second is Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary, 1914-1916, a candid, witty, acerbic commentary on the main political players of the period.
- “One either falls in love with Lord Peter, or one walks away to sit by a less babbling brook. But if you feel yourself open to it… well, when we meet...”
- “If one’s genuinely interested one knows how to be patient, and let time pass… Perhaps that’s the meaning of the phrase about genius being eternal...”
So when the stair had dropped, long flight on flight,
Away beneath us, then did Virgil turn
On the top step and fix me with his eyes,
This is good as far as I can tell
It’s still heavy as hell when it’s good
And I do like the road
But I’d be better at home