Category Archives: Literature

The Judge by Rebecca West: An Appreciation

Although even an infrequent reader has many pleasures as he saunters slowly through the well-tended gardens of indubitable classics or rushes through the intoxicating pages of a thriller or detective story, it is the devotedly voracious reader who will in … Continue reading

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Dangerous Ages by Rose Macaulay: An Introduction

Rose Macaulay, a British novelist who lived from 1881 to 1958, is one of those very intelligent writers who seem to flourish in their own age only to vanish into relative obscurity after their death, despite occasional attempts at resuscitation by literary historians … Continue reading

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A Minor Carol: The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens

It is not a well-known fact that Charles Dickens`s writing of Christmas stories did not end with the composition of his famous Christmas Carol. On the contrary, the success of that story led him to write four more “Christmas books,” each of which … Continue reading

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The Professor by Charlotte Bronte: Further Thoughts

As was mentioned at the close of the last post, Charlotte Bronte created in Frances Henri, heroine of The Professor, another of those utterly distinctive women who can be found only in a Bronte novel. Unlike the pallid women who … Continue reading

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The Professor: Charlotte Bronte’s Neglected Novel

  The literary world has many wonders, but few writers have obtained such lasting fame as that possessed by Charlotte Bronte, the English novelist who lived from 1816 to 1855.  This Victorian lady wrote with a passion, a vigor, and an intelligence which gained her great … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Carol?–Louisa May Alcott’s Thanksgiving Story

  In honor of Thanksgiving weekend, we are featuring a post on a classic short story written by one of America`s most famous authors. In 1881, the woman who at that time may have been the most popular children`s writer in the … Continue reading

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Katherine Mansfield and the Moment of Truth

James Joyce and Flannery O`Connor are both famous for the “epiphanies” or moments of grace in their stories, which often function structurally as the climax of their story. While the character may not be changed for the better by the … Continue reading

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