The Edwardian actress, Lily Elsie, has one of the most stunning faces I’ve ever seen. According to the books she was also one of the best actresses of her time (and one of the few theatre actresses who made the transition into silent film). I’ve found only one video clip of her from the 1940s, but there are several sound clips of her singing out there. Enjoy!
Lily Elsie wrapped the whole of my childhood in a haze of roses. - Cecil Beaton
Dick Melvyn being my father did not blind me to the fact that he was a despicable, selfish, weak creature, and as such I despised him with the relentlessness of fifteen, which makes no allowance for human frailty and weakness.
- Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901) [full text]
He was sixteen years old, loved out-door sports, and had no taste for cats. His chief pride was his muscle, and no boy ever made his acquaintance without being invited to feel the size and hardness of his biceps. This was a standing joke in the Latin school, and Albert was generally known among his companions as “Biceps” Grimlund.
- Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, Boyhood in Norway: Stories Of Boy-Life In The Land Of The Midnight Sun (1892) [full text]
When I reached the house, I went in directly to Miss Betsey. I found her in great distress; and she cried out as soon as she saw me, “Oh, Mary! my father is going to sell you all to raise money to marry that wicked woman. You are my slaves, and he has no right to sell you; but it is all to please her.”
- Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself (1831) [full text]