“Fauth’s depiction of interwar Berlin – fleeting, sparkling and dangerous – makes one wish they’d had a chance to see it. There is also the incredible sadness among the revelers, knowing these days are numbered. Reluctance, pride, obsession, stubbornness and desperation all come to a head, in the light of a shining projector.”
I want this.
Photos: Pages from a real-life Sherlock Holmes’ diary
Between 1909 and 1912, Detective Inspector Robert Mather of the Manchester Police kept scrupulous notes on 65 characters from the city’s criminal underworld, including Samuel Searson, a.k.a. Samuel Jackson, who most recently served six months for “stealing silver shields” and three elaborately coiffed individuals labelled as “brothel thieves.”
Their offences ranged from pickpocketing and “housebreaking” (burglary) to stealing pigeons, trousers and a “dressing case;” identifying marks included scars and, in one case, “three dots right forearm.”
DI Mather’s 57-page pocket notebook is set to go on sale on March 27 at Bonhams auctioneers in London; it’s expected to go for between £800 and £1,200 pounds (from $1,260 to $1,890).
Charlotte Brontë’s lost short story to be published. “L’Ingratitude,” which she wrote for ardour-inspiring tutor, rediscovered in museum a century after it was last heard of…
“A long-lost short story written by Charlotte Brontë for a married man with whom she fell in love is to be published for the first time after being found in a Belgian museum a century after it was last heard of. The tale, written in grammatically erratic French and entitled L’Ingratitude, is the first-known piece of homework set for Brontë by Constantin Heger, a Belgian tutor who taught both her and her sister Emily, and is believed to have inspired such ardour in the elder sibling that she drew on their relationship for her novel Villette.”
Read more in The Guardian.