Blog post alert: Sienna McCulley, a 2021 intern at the American Antiquarian Society, recently posted Quicken the Thought — The Game of Authors. The card game was first published in 1861 and has gone through countless iterations, as can be seen in a published compendium.
For a long time, I've had in the back of my mind a story about a set of cousins who have to entertain themselves when they get stuck in a snowstorm without electricity at their grandmother's house. I had thought of having them put on a show or play a story-telling game like Once Upon A Time or Myriorama. Now I'll add having them make their own set of Authors cards. For more about antique sets at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, click here.