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Anne Brontë: Agnes Grey (1847)

Last year I read all the Jane Austen novels I hadn’t read yet. This year I wanted to do the same with the Brontë novels.  1,002 more words


The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.

A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity – but that would be asking too much of fate! 6,180 more words


A Little Pretender

A few years ago, my mother asked me, rather plaintively, “Don’t you have any happy memories from your childhood?”

I get the feeling that most of my friends, to say nothing of the readers of this blog, will be surprised to hear this, but I think that as a kid I was happy more often than I wasn’t. 949 more words


Taking Stock

In honor of the Tolkien-inspired skirt I recently ordered (pictures soon to follow) I decided to tally up the various and sundry literary objects I’ve accumulated. 450 more words

19th-Century Literature

George Sand. Heard of her?

She was a great-great granddaughter of the King of Poland, Augustus II the Strong.  Her father was the king’s great-grandson, Maurice Dupin.

Her mother, Sophie Delaborde, the daughter of a bird fancier, was, said George, of the ‘vagabond race of Bohemians’. 587 more words


Emma - annoying and interesting, but mostly annoying



Full Title: Emma

Author: Jane Austen

Year of Publication: 1815

ISBN: 9780141199528

Original Language: English

Language Read: English

Date Read: January 2014

Emma – Annoying, interesting and witty – though mostly annoying… 757 more words

Book Review

The Gent and the Ballet-Girl

Earlier this year, Huffington Post writer Candace Davis asked whether ‘people-watching’ – sitting in the window of a café and analyzing passers-by – was an entirely harmless exercise. 743 more words