|The Snow Maidens (1913) Henrietta Rae|
It seems an odd choice of allegory, snow and winter as a young woman. Surely the end of a year is more often seen as an old man, Father Time, handing the mantle over to the baby at new year. Maybe it's the purity of snow? The whiteness, the sterility of it? That's what a gent looks for in a lady - clean and unfertile. No, hang on, that doesn't sound right. Maybe it's the smooth cool layer over the richness of the soil? No, that just sounds weird. Snow is like a beautiful young woman, you end up wanting to stay in bed all day? I do apologise.
|Heart of Snow Edward Hughes|
Today's present suggestion is another book, and one of my favourites. I bought Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siecle Culture by Bram Dijkstra back in 2003 and go back to it a lot in my research. It's filthy, funny and obscenely educational which is exactly why I love it so much.
You'll learn loads and you won't be bored, plus it has some illustrations I've never seen anywhere else, some of them for very good reasons. I wish I had written it but I don't think I would have done half as good a job as Dijkstra. Enjoy!
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