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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

I think I’ve already mentioned (twice) that I think Robinson Crusoe sucks.

It does. It sucks balls.

Do you enjoy long lists? Like those bits of the Bible that are just ‘Joshua who begot, Hnezikiah, who begot whatshisfact who begot…’ You get the idea. 177 more words

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Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn

I’m doing this now because I realised I hadn’t addressed anything from the ‘State of the Nation’ section.

Aphra Behn was a pretty remarkable woman. She was a spy and a playwright, like a 17th century, female, Christopher Marlowe. 238 more words

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Hannah Webster Foster, The Coquette

The Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette is a 1797 American epistolary seduction novel and a roman à clef about the death of Elizabeth Whitman (fictionally re-christened Eliza Wharton), a woman of the Connecticut gentry who is impregnated by a married man and who then dies in a tavern after giving birth to his stillborn child. 1,529 more words


Clarissa and Pamela - Samuel Richardson

I’m doing a two birds one stone thing here because really only one of these books should be on the list. There is a scene is one of Jasper Ffordes Thursday Next books (much funnier that either Flaubert’s Parrot or Don Quixote whatever certain newspapers might think) when a character is cursed so that she cannot die until she has read the 10 most boring novels in existence. 317 more words

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Checking In, Classics Edition: Dracula, by Bram Stoker

When I was in the ninth grade, I was assigned to read Bram Stoker’s groundbreaking Gothic horror novel, Dracula, for my English class. I considered myself a reader, even then, but when faced with a 400 page book written in 1897 in the midst of my great exploration of science-fiction, I confess that I skimmed it as quickly as possible and remembered next to nothing. 450 more words


Samuel Richardson's "Clarissa" (2010)

Robert Lovelace, the antihero in Richardson’s voluminous epistolary novel Clarissa (1748), is the Arch-Rake, the granddaddy of all the dissipated, black-hearted, handsome devils in romantic literature. 1,875 more words

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Book Corner - December 2014 (2)

Augustus – John Williams

Readers of this blog will know that the author John Williams who has risen to posthumous glory was my literary find of 2013. 521 more words