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Kindness and Cruelty in Jane Austen

Mr Bennett and Eliza Bennett love to see the absurdities in their neighbors, friends, and acquaintances. This makes for very entertaining reading: Mr Bennett egging Mrs Bennett on creates one of the most famous scenes in Western literature. 326 more words

Why are there 5 Bennet Sisters?

Let’s be honest: one of the fun parts of being widely read is editing novels in our heads. “Author A really failed to define this character properly,” “Author B really didn’t need this section where the character stays at yet another Inn (I’m looking at you Henry Fielding).” Personally, I like to take this critical editor’s eye to older novels, where editors operated differently then they do now. 476 more words

War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Published in: 1865
Pages: 1,750
Edition read: E-book

Book Description:
War and Peace is considered one of the world’s greatest works of fiction. It is regarded, along with Anna Karenina, as Tolstoy’s finest literary achievement. 892 more words

Historical Fiction

Review: Daphnis and Chloe - Longus

This is one of the new Little Black Classics that Penguin have released after the success of their first 80. The second batch are a little bit longer, which makes me incredibly happy as they published this little gem.  219 more words


The Wind in the Willows and the Journey Home

“The Wind in the Willows” begins with the Mole leaving home. He sets off to have an adventure, just as everyone who leaves home beleives he or she is doing. 222 more words

Fun, Easy Poetry

For today I chose to share two poems that I created from classic works of literature.  This type of poetry is part of “Found Poetry” and is known as “Erasure Poetry”.   318 more words


Reading Homer

I am very pleased to be working on both The Iliad and The Odyssey with two different students at the moment.

Quite apart from the joy of reading such incomparable literature, I find it very exciting to watch my students relate these works to our present moment. 22 more words