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A Thanksgiving Proclamation
The portmanteau ‘Franksgiving’ coined by an Atlantic City mayor in 1939 is a reminder of FDR’s decision to move the holiday a week forward in a late effort to boost retail sales in the face of the Great Depression.
Books, anniversaries, words and language
Alice is 150 years young
This week saw the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Here and below are a few of the many celebrations of the occasion.
Alice bands and Alice in Wonderland
Jeremy Butterfield delves into the history of one of Alice’s legacies, the eponymous Alice band.
‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’, the original manuscript version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The British Library is holding an exhibition of Alice editions by different artists that includes Carroll’s original manuscript, which it has also made available on its website.
Anniversaries of Alice in Wonderland
In one of a number of related articles, Professor Will Brooker considers the reputation of the book and its author over the past 150 years.
The etymology & origin of the Turkey, and what it tells us about Thanksgiving.