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Entries by Carolyn Vega from 05/2011

John Ruskin's "Great Horse-Controversy"

| Posted 05.09.2011 | New York

"Give a horse a nut," says John Ruskin, "and see if he can hold it as a squirrel can." The great English critic was, in the fall of 1857, apparently in the midst of a "great horse-controversy."

A Nine-Year-Old Cartographer and Historian

| Posted 05.13.2011 | New York

Education was something else in the 18th century. W. B. Sandys was just nine years old when he penned a volume titled Ancient Maps and Universal History.

Charlotte Brontë's Teenage "Catalogue of Books"

| Posted 05.31.2011 | New York

Charlotte Brontë was barely a teenager when she began writing in earnest -- at her own count she had written over 20 complete works by the time she was 14.