La Dame aux Camelias: The Tragedy of Marie Duplessis

The story has captured many hearts and minds for over a hundred years, and it has almost become a part of our collective consciousness. It’s La Dame aux Camelias, or Camille, by Alexandre Dumas, which chronicles the doomed love affair between a young Frenchman, Armand Duval, and a dying courtesan, Marguerite Gautier. The novel has inspired a play, an opera, a ballet, and film adaptations, perhaps the most notable of which features Greta Garbo as the beautiful, melancholy Marguerite. Read More La Dame aux Camelias: The Tragedy of Marie Duplessis

Kitty Fisher and Lucy Locket: Tawdry Origins

We all know that the nursery rhymes we sang as children really have some sinister beginnings, right? “Sing a Song of Sixpence” is really a song about piracy, and “Ring Around the Rosy” has to do with the Black Plague. And remember this little ditty?

Lucy Locket lost her pocket

Kitty Fisher found it

Not a penny was there in it,

Only ribbon ’round it. Read More Kitty Fisher and Lucy Locket: Tawdry Origins