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Bonfire

Ignis ossium. The Athenæum shows that the word means a fire made of bones; one quotation runs thus, “In the worship of St. John, the people ... made three manner of fires: one wa…

Vanity Fair

A fair established by Beelzebub, Apollyon, and Legion, for the sale of all sorts of vanities. It was held in the town of Vanity, and lasted all the year round. Here were sold houses, lands,…

Christina Rossetti: Vanity of Vanities

Vanity of VanitiesSonnetAh, woe is me for pleasure that is vain, Ah, woe is me for glory that is past: Pleasure that bringeth sorrow at the last, Glory that at the last bringeth no gain! S…

Meg Goes to Vanity Fair

Meg Goes to Vanity Fair"I do think it was the most fortunate thing in the world that those children should have the measles just now," said Meg, one April day, as she stood packing the 'go abr…

Alan King 2004 Deaths

Alan KingAge: 76 comedian with a decidedly borscht-belt sensibility. His shtick typically focused on the frustrations of middle-class Americans. He appeared on Broadway and in 30 films, includ…

Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith is famous for movies such as Something Wild (1986) and Working Girl (1988, with Harrison Ford), and for her high-profile marriages to actors Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas. Griffit…

Alan King

Alan King(Irwin Alan Kniberg)actor, comedian, producerBorn: 12/26/1927Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York King honed his material working in the Catskills and entertaining New Yorkers with his rout…

Alan King

Alan King(Irwin Alan Kniberg)actor, comedian, producerBorn: 12/26/1927Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York King honed his material working in the Catskills and entertaining New Yorkers with his rout…

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten DunstactressBorn: 4/30/1982Birthplace: Point Pleasant, N.J. Dunst has been in show business almost her entire life. She began modeling and appearing in commercials at age 3 and made he…