Saturday, May 18, 2019


The Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Leon Litvack, "Dickens's Lifetime Reading," in The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 25-42 (at 41, footnote omitted):
One could also add to this impressive list those book titles that were never intended as reading material, but only as fictitious (often satirical) volumes that Dickens invented for the dummy book backs he had constructed to line the Gad's Hill library walls (Figure 2.1); these included Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep (many volumes); Noah's Arkitecture [sic], 2 vols; Malthus's Nursery Songs; and The Wisdom of our Ancestors. I.—Ignorance; II.—Superstition. II.—The Block. IV.—The Stake. V.—The Rack. VI.—Dirt. VII.—Disease.
Id., Figure 2.1:

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