Category Archives: Victorian

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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‘Poltarnees, Beholder of the Ocean’

“At that moment the Sea sang a dirge at sunset for all the harm that he had done in anger and all the ruin wrought on adventurous ships; and there were tears in the voice of the tyrannous Sea, for … Continue reading

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‘The Three Infernal Jokes’

“It was then that he who told this mournful story, drawn on by the boasts of others, leaned forward a little over the green baize into the light of the two guttering candles and revealed, no doubt a little shyly, … Continue reading

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‘The Three Sailors’ Gambit’

Here are some notes from our first book club meeting. We discussed “The Three Sailors’ Gambit” by Lord Dunsany. The story is about three sailors who succeed at chess through the use of a demonic crystal ball, which they inherited … Continue reading

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