Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)
Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.
This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.
Thursday, June 10, 2004
I swung by the library last night and picked up the last book I had on order, the autobiography of Louise Wooster, best known to the people of Birmingham as a madame who ran a brothel over on 1st Avenue South (still standing,
Published in 1911, just two years prior to her death, it is a fascinating glimpse into the late 19th Century. She seemed to have led a rather dramatic life filled with heartbreak--one surprise was found as I was thumbing through the book before actually settling in to read it. It seems that in her travels and occupations, she had become attached to the theater, and to a young actor: Yep, that's right. Later on, she laments his madness, and that he had professed a love for the Union, and attributing his act to being under the influence of alcohol. She also notes that her name became connected with him in the newspapers: Good to see journalistic traditions are still being upheld today, eh?
Anyway, this promises to be a fascinating read.
(And if she knew anything about Lucy Hale, she didn't let on. And this article says the woman who stabbed Booth was actress Henrietta Irving, in 1861. It also notes he had photographs of five women on him when he was caught. ::sigh:: Actors.)
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