Linda Colley

Fantastic Voyage—The History of Travel Around the Earth
December 21, 2012

Around the World in Five Hundred Pages.

No Text, Please
June 22, 2012

EARLY IN Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, the unbearable Mr. Podsnap is shown instructing an “unfortunately born” foreigner. “We Englishmen are very proud of our constitution,” Podsnap observes portentously. “It was bestowed upon us by Providence. No other Country is so favored as this Country.” “And other countries? They do how?” asks the foreigner.