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Athanasia

Oscar Wilde / Victorian / 1878

To that gaunt House of Art which lacks for naught / Of all the great things men have saved from Time, / The withered body of a girl was brought / Dead ere the world’s glad youth had touched its prime, / And seen by lonely Arabs lying hid / In the dim womb of some black pyramid.

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Athanasia

Oscar Wilde / Victorian / 1878

To that gaunt House of Art which lacks for naught / Of all the great things men have saved from Time, / The withered body of a girl was brought / Dead ere the world’s glad youth had touched its prime, / And seen by lonely Arabs lying hid / In the dim womb of some black pyramid.

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Excerpt from The Broadway Journal of Edgar Allan Poe's, Silence, 1845.

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Cover of Eve's Diary, by Mark Twain, 1906.

The Brontosaurus

Mark Twain / Victorian / 1906

She has no discrimination. / She takes to all the animals—all of them! / She thinks they are all treasures, / every new one is welcome. // When the brontosaurus came striding into camp, / she regarded it as an acquisition, / I considered it a calamity;

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The Color of Flowers

August Vogel / Victorian / October 1883

WHEN we contemplate the extraordinary diversity of colors offered to us by the numberless flowers and fruits, ranging through all possible gradations from the purest white to the most intense black, we can do no less than admire so surprising a wealth of color-shades, and are naturally prompted to imagine that chemical processes influence their tone and effect the manifold changes.

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