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Public domain audiobooks, six days a week, for folks with a Catholic taste in literature. Enjoy! Clan Honor Mondays: Fitz-James O'Brien works. Lit Tuesdays: Short stories, novels, or poems. Acts of the Wednesdays: Early Christian works. Mystery Thursdays: Mystery short stories or novels. Lit Fridays: Short stories, novels, or poems. Saintly Saturdays: Later Christian works.

Mary reading to ChristA Vatican Library catalog page, 1518

Monday, November 14, 2005

#43: "The Enchanted Titan" and "The Sewing Bird" by Fitz-James O'Brien

I promised I'd try to lighten up this place a bit. Also, I realized that last week I may have bit off more than I can chew in terms of looooong works. So instead of a story, today clan honor will be satisfied with a couple of Fitz-James' less dark poems.

"The Enchanted Titan" brings a touch of Greek myth and a touch of the Arabian Nights.

"The Sewing Bird" is fantasy with a political and labor bite. It's a plea for New York stores aimed at women to actually employ women as something other than seamstresses working their fingers to the bone for no money. Not as dark as his big social justice poem, "The Tenement House". Probably his rationale of "where women should be" versus "where men should be" is not very attractive to modern sensibilities, but at the time, advocating shopgirls was a very decent act. Btw, if you're wondering what a sewing bird is, it's a sort of fabric clamp. Here are some fancy ones for better-off women.

"The Enchanted Titan"

"The Sewing Bird"


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