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The handsomest young man in England!
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Poet Rupert Brooke, who Yeats called “the handsomest young man in England” and who Virginia Woolf bragged about skinny-dipping with, posing as Comus, the Greek god of “nocturnal dalliances" sometime prior to 1915, the year he died of an infected mosquito bite off the coast of Greece.

The handsomest young man in England!

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Poet Rupert Brooke, who Yeats called “the handsomest young man in England” and who Virginia Woolf bragged about skinny-dipping with, posing as Comus, the Greek god of “nocturnal dalliances" sometime prior to 1915, the year he died of an infected mosquito bite off the coast of Greece.

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain c. 1851, when the author was just sixteen. This daguerreotype graces the cover of the second volume of Twain’s autobiography, which will be published on October 5, 2013.

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain c. 1851, when the author was just sixteen. This daguerreotype graces the cover of the second volume of Twain’s autobiography, which will be published on October 5, 2013.

Your MDB editor grew up near Dana Point, California, and is a huge fan of all things Richard Henry Dana, Jr., including his son, Richard Henry Dana III.
The third Dana also married the daughter of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, cementing a dynasty of literary offspring. 
fuckyeahhistorycrushes:


Richard Henry Dana III
Most people know Richard Henry Dana Jr. as the author of the (absolutely fantastic and amazing) book Two Years Before the Mast. But it is a little known fact that his son, Richard Henry Dana III, was absolutely gorgeous.
For a wonderfully detailed biography of RHD III and a collection of his papers, see this file.

Your MDB editor grew up near Dana Point, California, and is a huge fan of all things Richard Henry Dana, Jr., including his son, Richard Henry Dana III.

The third Dana also married the daughter of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, cementing a dynasty of literary offspring. 

fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

Richard Henry Dana III

Most people know Richard Henry Dana Jr. as the author of the (absolutely fantastic and amazing) book Two Years Before the Mast. But it is a little known fact that his son, Richard Henry Dana III, was absolutely gorgeous.

For a wonderfully detailed biography of RHD III and a collection of his papers, see this file.

Thornton Wilder, age 23, 1920, from his Yale graduation photograph. This author and playwright was introduced  to his close friend and supposed lover Samuel Seward by Gertude Stein. His homosexuality was never disclosed publicly and he died after living with his sister for many years. 
Submitted by maximoperesonorus

Thornton Wilder, age 23, 1920, from his Yale graduation photograph. This author and playwright was introduced  to his close friend and supposed lover Samuel Seward by Gertude Stein. His homosexuality was never disclosed publicly and he died after living with his sister for many years. 

Submitted by maximoperesonorus

Henry James, c. 1860, age 17.
From the submitter Katie Sommer:
Hello MDB. I am the associate editor for The Complete Letters of Henry James (ongoing; U of Nebraska Press). Here’s a photo of an extremely handsome young (18 years old or so) Henry James. The photo dates from 1860 or 1861 when his family was in Newport, RI, and the original is at the Houghton Library at Harvard University (pf MS AM 1094). 

Henry James, c. 1860, age 17.

From the submitter Katie Sommer:

Hello MDB. I am the associate editor for The Complete Letters of Henry James (ongoing; U of Nebraska Press). Here’s a photo of an extremely handsome young (18 years old or so) Henry James. The photo dates from 1860 or 1861 when his family was in Newport, RI, and the original is at the Houghton Library at Harvard University (pf MS AM 1094). 

The recent discovery of an unpublished D.H. Lawrence letter proves that he’s got your back, ladies. Writing in response to a misogynistic 1924 article titled “The Ugliness of Women,” Lawrence lay down the law: 


The hideousness {the author] sees is the reflection of himself, and of the automatic meat-lust with which he approaches another individual…Even the most “beautiful” woman is still a human creature. If {the author] approached her as such, as a being instead of as a piece of lurid meat, he would have no horrors afterwards. 


Thank you D.H. Lawrence, meat-lust warrior. (h/t Jezebel)

The recent discovery of an unpublished D.H. Lawrence letter proves that he’s got your back, ladies. Writing in response to a misogynistic 1924 article titled “The Ugliness of Women,” Lawrence lay down the law: 

The hideousness {the author] sees is the reflection of himself, and of the automatic meat-lust with which he approaches another individual…Even the most “beautiful” woman is still a human creature. If {the author] approached her as such, as a being instead of as a piece of lurid meat, he would have no horrors afterwards. 

Thank you D.H. Lawrence, meat-lust warrior. (h/t Jezebel)

Happy New Year! You look like you’re in need of a calendar. A sexy calendar.
Never you fear, My Daguerreotype Boyfriend has got you covered with our double-sided 2013 +1863 calendar, complete with Civil War love letters and plenty of hunky dead dudes to get you through the year. 
Our next ship date is January 7th, so get in those orders now so you can start coordinating your schedule with your own Civil War boyfriend. Gettysburg is only a few months away!
Purchase yours today.

Happy New Year! You look like you’re in need of a calendar. A sexy calendar.

Never you fear, My Daguerreotype Boyfriend has got you covered with our double-sided 2013 +1863 calendar, complete with Civil War love letters and plenty of hunky dead dudes to get you through the year. 

Our next ship date is January 7th, so get in those orders now so you can start coordinating your schedule with your own Civil War boyfriend. Gettysburg is only a few months away!

Purchase yours today.

Digby Mackworth Dolben, age 19, c. 1867
This English poet frequently wore a monk’s habit while at Eton and wrote obsessive verse about a classmate with whom he was in love. He died at 19 while swimming with his tutor in a river, though some suggest he might have committed suicide, distraught over his unrequited love. 
"The Strangely Troubled Life of Digby Mackworth Dolben," Public Domain Review
Submitted by thecreepsies

Digby Mackworth Dolben, age 19, c. 1867

This English poet frequently wore a monk’s habit while at Eton and wrote obsessive verse about a classmate with whom he was in love. He died at 19 while swimming with his tutor in a river, though some suggest he might have committed suicide, distraught over his unrequited love. 

"The Strangely Troubled Life of Digby Mackworth Dolben," Public Domain Review

Submitted by thecreepsies

Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System of library classification. This advocate of spelling reform changed his name from Melville to Melvil to avoid unnecessary letters.
Once again for you librarians in the back, the creator of the Dewey Decimal System was totally hot and didn’t take crap from silent letters. 
Submitted by childhoodoutfits

Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System of library classification. This advocate of spelling reform changed his name from Melville to Melvil to avoid unnecessary letters.

Once again for you librarians in the back, the creator of the Dewey Decimal System was totally hot and didn’t take crap from silent letters. 

Submitted by childhoodoutfits

1917, “Great Gatsby” genius F.Scott Fitzgerald’s military portrait. I know he purchased the uniform for this photo at Brooks Brothers, was very excited to go to battle, but never ended up serving. It was a regret that supposedly haunted him his whole life, never being in a war. Anyhow, he’s adorable if you ask me.
Submitted by wendyhallphotography

1917, “Great Gatsby” genius F.Scott Fitzgerald’s military portrait. I know he purchased the uniform for this photo at Brooks Brothers, was very excited to go to battle, but never ended up serving. It was a regret that supposedly haunted him his whole life, never being in a war. Anyhow, he’s adorable if you ask me.

Submitted by wendyhallphotography

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