The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Jules Vallès

  • Name: Jules Vallès
  • D/O/B: 10 June 1832
  • Member Since: 1872
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Community liaison
  • Hobbies: Agitating; engaging in politics; walking his talk
Portrait of Jules Vallès by Gustave Courbet, 19th century

Portrait of Jules Vallès by Gustave Courbet (19th century)

October Round-Up: Eleven Interesting Posts

The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Wilkie Collins

  • Name: Wilkie Collins
  • D/O/B: 8 January 1824
  • Member Since: 1871
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Director and star of the club’s amateur theatricals
  • Hobbies: Socializing with Charles Dickens; acting; painting
Wilkie Collins by Frederick Waddy, 1872

Wilkie Collins by Frederick Waddy, 1872.

The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • Name: Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1st Baron Tennyson)
  • D/O/B: 8/6/1809
  • Member Since: 1862
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Coordinator of club poetry workshops
  • Hobbies: Carrying out duties as the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom; coining now-famous phrases; sitting for intense portraits
Alfred Lord Tennyson by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1869

Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1869

The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Herman Melville

  • Name: Herman Melville
  • D/O/B: 8/1/1819
  • Member Since: 1860
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Chief teller of rousing sea-born tales, some of them even true
  • Hobbies: Whale-watching; dreaming of mystifying high-school students for generations to come; maintaining his luxurious head of model-worthy hair
Herman Melville, 1860

Herman Melville, 1860

The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Henry David Thoreau

  • Name: Henry David Thoreau
  • D/O/B: 07/12/1817
  • Member Since: 1856
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Chief lecturer and rabble-rouser at all meetings
  • Hobbies: Pondering; thinking; philosophizing; protesting; communing with nature; intensely staring at all and sundry
Henry David Thoreau, 1856

Henry David Thoreau, 1856