Tag: criticism

New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Posted July 19, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: CS Lewis and His Circle

Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe, eds., CS Lewis and His Circle: Essays and Memoirs from the Oxford CS Lewis Society (2015) Closely following The Fellowship, a splendid group biography of the Inklings, comes this new collection, a fine companion volume for those looking for more on CS Lewis and company. A student society […]

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New Release Review: The Fellowship

Posted June 26, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
New Release Review: The Fellowship

Carol Zaleski and Philip Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings (2015)   Love them or hate them — and there are large camps on both sides — it’s undeniable that CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien have had a huge impact on the imaginative landscape of the last century. Where did their tales […]

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New Release Review: How To Be a Heroine

Posted February 6, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
New Release Review: How To Be a Heroine

Samantha Ellis, How To Be a Heroine (2015) I remember well the day a friend casually said, upon seeing some book lying around at my place (I think it was The Hobbit), “I don’t read fiction.” Now, I understood of course that there were different tastes in the fictional realm, and that Tolkien was not […]

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A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Posted July 18, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
A Reader’s Journey: My Life in Middlemarch

Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch (2014)   Why aren’t there more books like this? Rebecca Mead takes us on a deeply personal, yet wide-ranging tour of one of her life’s touchstones, Middlemarch by George Eliot. In the process we learn about Eliot’s own life and times, gaining insights into the origins of the book’s […]

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Top Ten Classics You Might Not Have Heard Of

Posted July 1, 2014 by Lory in lists / 22 Comments
Top Ten Classics You Might Not Have Heard Of

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is “Top Ten Classic Books,” or variations thereof. My favorite classic books don’t really need any more publicity from me (e.g. Great Expectations, Twelfth Night, Leaves of Grass), so I decided to make a list of classic books I love that aren’t […]

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A Magical Library: The Bodleian’s Magical Tales

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
A Magical Library: The Bodleian’s Magical Tales

Larrington and Purkiss, eds., Magical Tales (2013) My one visit to Oxford was long ago as an 18-year-old on a choir tour of England. Our chaperones normally kept a pretty tight rein on us, but for some reason this time they actually let us roam around by ourselves for a while. I was in literary […]

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A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia

  Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book (2008) I’d be willing to wager that most readers who prowl these pages fell under the spell of words at an early age, finding both enchantment and release in their power to transport us to a different world. Laura Miller can trace her own bespellment to a particular book, […]

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