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Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

- April 17, 2019 in Boghouse Miscellany, georgian britain, georgian london, graffiti, history of graffiti, Hurlothrumbo, latrinalia, Literature, samuel johnson, toilets

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as “Hurlothrumbo”) committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England’s public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of “latrinalia” offers a unique and fascinating insight into early Georgian life. Maximilian Novak explores.

Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse

- April 17, 2019 in Boghouse Miscellany, georgian britain, georgian london, graffiti, history of graffiti, Hurlothrumbo, latrinalia, Literature, samuel johnson, toilets

In the early 1730s, a mysterious editor (known only as “Hurlothrumbo”) committed to print a remarkable anthology: transcriptions of the graffiti from England’s public latrines. For all its misogynistic and scatological tendencies, this little-known book of “latrinalia” offers a unique and fascinating insight into early Georgian life. Maximilian Novak explores.

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1785)

- October 15, 2013 in collections, dictionary, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, english, Internet Archive, language, samuel johnson, texts, Texts: 18th, Texts: Non-fiction, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, University of Toronto Libraries

Volume 1 of the 6th edition of Samuel Johnson’s epic achievement A Dictionary of the English Language, published a year after his death in 1785.