Jonathan Gil Harris

Jonathan Gil Harris’s most recent book is The First Firangis, about foreigners who became Indian.

Alien Heat: ‘The Island Princess’

Jonathan Gil Harris, 17 March 2016

On 7 January​ 1669, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary that he and his wife had seen ‘a pretty good play’ at the king’s playhouse, with ‘many good things being in it – and a good scene of a town on fire’. The ‘town on fire’ – a pyrotechnical display involving the controlled detonation of low-grade gunpowder or squibs – must have had a...

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