Dear 100 Hour Board,
Ok crew, this one's a toughie.
I'm looking for a specific book. I checked it out from the fifth floor of the BYU library a couple of years ago.
I originally found it through an online search on the library site while I was researching William Wordsworth and other Romantic poets and their connection to ghosts and hauntings. I've been doing every search I can think of online and can't find it again! Unfortunately I am not near the BYU library now, but I was hoping I could find it just so I could have the title and look for it elsewhere.
-I believe that some version of the word "Victorian" was in the title.
-The title also contained a span of years (eg. 1732-1889. It wasn't those years. I just remember it had years like that listed on the cover.)
-The cover had a black and white picture on the front, I think of a city of village, and then a purple bar (I believe at the bottom) with the title on it.
-The book was a scholarly review of the role that ghosts played in the Victorian age. Some of the chapters talked about how women could use ghostly appearances as proof to uphold their accusations of violence or promiscuity against their husbands. Their word alone was not enough to accuse their husbands, but if a ghostly apparition had visited them or their friend, that counted as weighty evidence.
-The book also went into the history of seances and Ouija boards, and talked about how contacting spirits was not the dark, scary thing that we make it out to be today. Rather, Ouija boards were popular activities for courting couples because the game gave them a legitimate reason to sit close to one another and touch hands.
Thanks in advance!
I was spending my boring less intensive class looking on HBLL's website, but I couldn't find a book matching your description. (Great description, by the way! I'm impressed you remembered that much.) Unfortunately, now that that class is over and finals are rapidly approaching, I won't be able to give this question the proper attention. So instead of holding it over for two hundred more hours, we'll make a competition out of this! Readers, you have all proven yourselves quite skilled at finding obscure facts. So today, on the eighteenth of April, I, the fintastic guppy of doom, declare a competition! Whoever can find this book and add a correction with its title and author will receive a poem about you written by yours truly. To claim your prize, either email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ask a question with your name or 'nym and various random facts about yourself, including but not limited to your favorite fish, a catchphrase (yours or one you love), your dream job, and your favorite song. Regardless of when you post the answer and contact me, you will receive your poem after finals, but I can promise that it will be beautiful and worth the wait. In fact, if you give me your address I will mail you your poem, with lovely drawings of fish (which will probably be drawn by my roommate because I have no artistic ability.)
Go forth, readers! May the best googler win!
-guppy of doom