No. 21: Melancholy

SBL_HeathcliffImage: Wood engraving illustration by Fritz Eichenberg for a 1945 Random House edition of Wuthering Heights.

“Samuel Johnson called it ‘the black dog,’ and so, in his turn, did Winston Churchill. Nick Drake also had a dark hound of boreboding but only described its black eyes and the fact that it knew him by name. But all three did much the same job; namely, to act as the feral metaphor for an oncoming fug of wild melancholy. You could call it a result of changeable weather, you could say it’s a hangover from the decline of the empire or even a necessary by-product of a natural hardiness, but a significant proportion of the residents of the British Isles do seem to walk around underneath their own personal rain cloud all the time.”
Back catalogue: Anglophenia: 20 Victorian Terms That Seem Oddly Modern

Anglophenia: Five Great British Gentleman Singers

Anglophenia: In Celebration Of Dylan Thomas

Anglophenia: Miss the Old Mumford & Sons? Five British Bands With Banjos

Preorder your copy of Stuff Brits Like from: Amazon USAmazon UK, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, P&G Wells Booksellers, Book Stop, Boulder Bookstore, Book Passage, Book and Books, and Bookshop Santa Cruz.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s