“A Fitting Costume to Our Last Act:” Mary Shelley’s Alpine Redemption

by Danielle Pearson, When Mary Shelley looked at the Alps, she did not see mountains, lakes and trees. Instead, she […]

That Black, Dragon-Haunted Pass: The Mystery of Lermontov’s Caucasus

By Tara Isabella Burton “I was traveling along the military road back from Tiflis.” So begins Mikhail Lermontov’s 1833 A […]

Alexandre Dumas and Monte-Cristo

By Patti Lecron “Ah! Monte-Cristo is one of the most delicious follies ever made. It is the most royal bonbonniere […]

Lord Byron’s Castle Chillon

Lord Byron’s set made it famous and it’s still a sight to see. Surveying Castle Chillon, an exquisite jewel that […]