The Petite Sophisticate

by Sadie Stein

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Lesley sent me this relic from her friend Abbey’s dollhouse because she knew I would love it. She was absolutely right!

Lesley sent me this relic from her friend Abbey’s dollhouse because she knew I would love it. She was absolutely right!

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William Buckland is famous for two things: he was the first man to write a full account of a fossil, and he was incredibly eccentric when it came to animals and food. Buckland’s love of natural history resulted in his house being something akin to a zoo. He filled it with animals of every kind and he then proceeded to eat them all (and serve them to guests). He claimed to have eaten his way through every animal. The creatures that he said tasted worst were bluebottle flies, and mole. Various guests to dinner describe being served panther, crocodile, and mouse. A famous storyteller at the time (Augustus Hare) told this tale of Buckland: “Talk of strange relics led to mention of the heart of a French King [Louis XIV] preserved at Nuneham in a silver casket. Dr. Buckland, whilst looking at it, exclaimed, ‘I have eaten many strange things, but have never eaten the heart of a king before,’ and, before anyone could hinder him, he had gobbled it up, and the precious relic was lost for ever.”
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Want to see a Paris Review “Writers at Work” interview in person? Join Adam Phillips in conversation with Paul Holdengräber at New York Public Library’s Live from the New York Public Library series.

You can purchase tickets here, and use the code FRUSTRATION for $10 off the general admission price. See you there!