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Brewer's: 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…

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…

The Devil's Dictionary: Vanity

by Ambrose Bierce VALORVIRTUESVANITY -n. The tribute of a fool to the worth of the nearest ass. They say that hens do cackle loudest when There's nothing vital in the eggs they've …

Brewer's: 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,…

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…

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe was a New York journalist who wrote The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) and The Right Stuff (1979), then turned to writing novels, including TheBonfire of the Vanities (1987). A Virginia…

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…