Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Apocalypse Then: Bulwer-Lytton’s “The Last Days of Pompeii”

Cover and illustration from Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, A.D. 79, burying Pompeii and neighboring towns under tons of ash and volcanic debris. Rediscovered by accident some 1,650 years later, the Vesuvian ruins captured the imagination of artists and writers, who vied to… More»

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      The Original Ent?

      The form of a man emerges from the roots of a tree shot by Eugene Atget in Saint-Cloud Park.

      This photograph’s subject was unusual for the time and in fact Atget was criticized for trying “to make photographs look like paintings or charcoal drawings.”


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