Not long ago I started another history piece about Montrose, Pennsylvania, and I wanted to reference the Endless Mountains. Traditionally, this name refers to an area of Northeastern Pennsylvania that comprises the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming. And it’s not really mountains, as much as endless ridges and valleys. Elk Mountain, home to …
Two Experiments: Walden and Hospital Sketches
Although Walden by Henry David Thoreau has fascinated me for years, Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches is new to me. Obviously, many people know Alcott, another prominent writer from Concord, for Little Women. This past year my daughter read the book for the first time, which is much more than I can boast, but I’ve …
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A DOUBLE HANGING for Cold-Blooded Murder for Money
The above headlined reached as far as Los Angeles, relating the hanging deaths of Cornelius Shew and James Eagan in Montrose, Pennsylvania, for the murder of Andrew J. Pepper, a wealthy Susquehanna County farmer, on January 9, 1900. The crime occurred the night of October 9, 1897, with both defendants claiming robbery as their motive …
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A. L. Burt Company’s Walden
In this week's blog post, I share the details of an early edition of Thoreau's Walden published by the Burt Company, examining the "story" told by both its title page and frontispiece.
This week's post is a beautiful poem by Jennifer Maloney called "How Long." Maloney was recently a featured poet at Pink Arrow Arts for their Poets on the Porch series.