Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb

The world has had more than its fair share of high profile, controversial celebrities.  Name off the first ones that come to mind.  Now dig a little deeper and name some more.  They were amateurs.  Every last one of them lives in the shadow of Sarah Bernhardt.  From obscure beginnings as the illegitimate daughter of … Continue reading Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb

Lúcio’s Confession by Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)

I first learned about this book thanks to a review from a friend of mine, Manuel Antão.  When he commented that this book was one of the first Portuguese transgender novels, I was intrigued.  What does a TG novel from 1913 even look like?  Not that I've actually read a TG novel from any era to … Continue reading Lúcio’s Confession by Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)

Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc

In the course of delving into the Wold Newton Universe, I came across a curious crossover: Sherlock Holmes vs. Arsène Lupin.  It didn't register to me at the time why this was a big deal, but for some reason it stuck as something I should find.  I'd never before heard of Arsène Lupin.  This plays right in my … Continue reading Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar by Maurice Leblanc