[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Third Stop: Uneek Doll Designs

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is just getting started, which means it is time to go shopping the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I will take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites!

In 2013, we visited some wonderful literary museums. This year, I am delighted to showcase several amazing book-themed Etsy shops. Let’s get started!


I cannot say enough nice things about these miniature dolls. Are they extremely weird? Sure! Are they also the most awesome little keepsakes ever? Possibly! Artist Debbie Ritter manages to give her creations the personalities of her real-life subjects. There are 251 author dolls available in her shop, as well as those embodying literary characters, celebrities, musicians, artists, and historical figures.




My Favourite (Dead) Playwrights*

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950):

George Bernard Shaw, 1909

George Bernard Shaw. 1909.

Some plays: Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Arms and the Man; Candida; Major Barbara; The Doctor’s Dilemma; Pygmalion; Heartbreak House; Saint Joan; The Apple Cart; The Millionairess.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906):

Henrik Ibsen  by Gustav Borgen, 1898 or earlier

Henrik Ibsen by Gustav Borgen. 1898 or earlier.

Some plays: Peer Gynt; Pillars of Society; A Doll’s House; Ghosts; An Enemy of the People; The Wild Duck; Hedda Gabler; The Master Builder.

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904):

Anton Chekhov, 1900

Anton Chekhov. 1900.

Some Plays: The Bear; A Marriage Proposal; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The Cherry Orchard.

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975):

Thornton Wilder, Yale Graduation Photo 1920

Thornton Wilder’s Yale graduation photo. 1920.

Some plays: The Long Christmas Dinner; Our Town; The Merchant of Yonkers; The Skin of Our Teeth; The Matchmaker. Continue reading

[Alternative Muses] Creative Couples: Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper

“Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.”-Anton Chekhov

Playwright and short story genius Anton Chekhov and actress Olga Knipper had a short, independent, mostly long-distance marriage. It began with a low-key, very private wedding in May 1901, and ended with Chekhov’s tragic death three years later. Neither career was sacrificed to the traditional dictates of matrimony.

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“Give me a wife who, like the moon, won’t appear in my sky every day.”-Anton Chekhov

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“And what does it mean–dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive.”-Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

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“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.”-Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

Anton Chekhov died on 15 July 1904, with his wife by his side. Olga Knipper outlived her husband by nearly fifty-five years.