In Memory of
James Buford Levitz
A Deering Trade Card (circa 1890), included in the online collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Novelty trade card advertising harvesting machinery manu...Show More
In which we are introduced to some of the principal characters of these tales----the Peddler and Captain Maximillian Robin among them-----and the recurring themes of America’s distressed abundance, ou...Show More
(corresponding to “Esther: Her Story”)
You will see that it is loosely inspired, although the mood and quality of magical absurdity is kept, I hope.
Again, we see these abstractions in terms of our ...Show More
This is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, one of several models of self-sustaining rotaries, which he proposed for perpetual motion. His experiments, however, displeased him and he declared: "Oh, ye se...Show More
(corresponding to “Myth of Perpetual Motion”)
The myth of capturing the sun or capturing fire is a myth of human transformation. Man claims a place in the cosmos no other can attain, but also pays a...Show More
The song in this story----Wildwood Flower----is now a traditional “folk song,” but was composed as parlor music by J. P. Webster, living in Elkhorn, Wisconsin at the time, shortly before the Civil War...Show More
(corresponding to “The Story of the Bride”)
Women are central to the myths told by Mrs. Wilson. They control the plot. They dominate the characters. Their interests and virtues are foremost.
“Hope is the Heart in the Body of Belief.”
In which we learn how the peddler made Maximilian Robin the man he became and why he hated water, how Amy was a singer and Amy was a dancer, and how love ca...Show More