Tag: Back to the Classics Challenge

Words as Music: Mrs. Dalloway

Posted July 31, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Words as Music: Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925) Virginia Woolf is one of those authors I think I was simply too young to appreciate at first encounter. I was baffled by and uninterested in To the Lighthouse when made to read it in school, and so I avoided Woolf for decades. But trying to read and blog more […]

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A Play Well Spent: The Matchmaker

Posted July 24, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
A Play Well Spent: The Matchmaker

Thornton Wilder, The Matchmaker (1954) A while ago I made a project of reading all of Thornton Wilder’s novels, but I didn’t include the multifaceted author’s renowned plays. While two of his famous trio of dramas — Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth — were drummed into me back in high school, I’d […]

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Old Friends and New Fancies: An Old-Fashioned Girl

Posted July 12, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
Old Friends and New Fancies: An Old-Fashioned Girl

Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869-70)   An Old-Fashioned Girl is really two books. The first few chapters appeared as a serial in a magazine, and form an episodic narrative centered around a materially poor but morally upright girl who is on a visit to some wealthy friends. Polly, the “old-fashioned girl,” loves the […]

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Death in Venice: The Aspern Papers

Posted June 30, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Death in Venice: The Aspern Papers

Henry James, The Aspern Papers (1888) Henry James and I have not gotten along in the past. When I was compelled to read The Turn of the Screw in school, I was completely befuddled. Then I heard from other readers that James’s writing was convoluted or impenetrable, and I wasn’t interested in trying to break […]

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In the Shadow of Victoria: Three Childhood Memoirs

Posted June 21, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 7 Comments
In the Shadow of Victoria: Three Childhood Memoirs

Gwen Raverat, Period Piece (1952) Angela Thirkell, Three Houses (1931) Diana Holman-Hunt, My Grandmothers and I (1960) What do these three authors have in common? As well as being distinguished writers, artists and critics in their own right, they share the distinction of having famous Victorian grandfathers: Charles Darwin, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman-Hunt, respectively.  […]

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For Love and Money: Doctor Thorne

Posted April 17, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
For Love and Money: Doctor Thorne

Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne (1858) Illustration by Millais, found here. In the third of his Barsetshire Chronicles, Trollope departs from the clerical characters and themes that occupied him in the first two volumes, and takes a look at another segment of Barset society. The novel introduces us to a once-wealthy squire who is down on […]

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Camels and Anglo-Cats: The Towers of Trebizond

Posted March 13, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 5 Comments
Camels and Anglo-Cats: The Towers of Trebizond

Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond (1956)   Judging from just the famous first line of The Towers of Trebizond (” ‘Take my camel, dear,’ said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass”) you might think you were in for a humorous travelogue, sort of a […]

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Posted December 28, 2014 by Lory in challenges / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics Challenge

I heard about the Back to the Classics challenge too late to join last year, so I was glad when Karen of Books and Chocolate decided to host it again. Visit the sign-up post for the full rules, but basically the idea is to read and post about 6-12 classics (pre-1965) in different categories during […]

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