July 18, 2011

Poetic Gravity: At the Intersection of Literature and Facial Hair

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"Poets Ranked by Beard Weight is a classic of Edwardian esoterica, a privately printed leaflet offered by subscription to the informed man of fashion and as a divertissement au courant for reading bins and cocktail tables of parlor cars and libraries and smoking lounges of gentlemen's clubs.

Typifying a once-popular, but nowadays seldom-encountered species of turn-of-the-century ephemera, Poets Ranked by Beard Weight has become a rarity much prized by bibliophiles, and one that still stands out as a particular curiosity among the many colorful curiosities of the period. Its author, one Upton Uxbridge Underwood (1881 - 1937), was a deipnosophist, clubman, and literary miscellanist with a special interest in tonsorial subjects."

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Posted by Derek Markham at July 18, 2011 1:59 PM
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