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Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 22, 1893   By:

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"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 22, 1893" offers a fascinating glimpse into the cultural and political landscape of late 19th century London. The satirical cartoons and humorous essays provide insight into the social issues and events of the time, as well as showcasing the wit and creativity of the writers and illustrators. The publication's blend of comedy and cutting social commentary makes it an entertaining and informative read for anyone interested in history, literature, or art. Overall, this volume of Punch is a valuable and engaging resource for understanding the attitudes and perspectives of Victorian society.

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Volume 104, April 22nd 1893

edited by Sir Francis Burnand


[Illustration: "The strange sea creatures which made their appearance."]

Two gentlemen of artistic and literary attainments, having studied the romances of VICTOR HUGO for the sake of being inspired by that Grand Old Master's style, determined to essay a "thriller" of most tragic type. These two single authors, Messrs. WYATT and ROSS, being rolled into one, wanted, like the Pickwickian Fat Boy, "to make our flesh creep." In their one volume Hugoesque romance, The Earth Girl , bound in pale grass green, with blood red title, they have most unequivocally succeeded. The heroine, The Earth Girl, who, at the last, is sent back whence she came, and so ends by being the "Earth to Earth" Girl, is named Terra ; she commences by being Terra Incognita , she is never Terra Firma , but her existence, in its consequences to all who come within her influence, is quite a reign of Terra . The authors are to be congratulated on not having yielded to a great temptation by styling their story The Earth Girl; or, Terra ra ra Boom! The scene is laid chiefly in the Island of Breke but to give too many details would spoil the intending reader's pleasure. So, as Hamlet observes, "Breke, Breke my heart, for I must hold my tongue!" The Earth Girl first sees the light, such as it is, in a cavern, and is brought up on raw eggs fresh from the sea bird's nest, uncooked herbs, and raw fish... Continue reading book >>

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