Tag Archives: Charles Dickens

Harold Bloom’s Canon: The Essential List

On Monday I introduced Harold Bloom‘s 1994 bestseller, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages. I decided to create a “canonical list” in today’s blog for those who are inclined to try to soak in this great radition. Taking … Continue reading

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Harold Bloom’s “The Western Canon”

  Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages was a sensation when it appeared in 1994. Harold Bloom, a curmudgeonly anti-academic ivy league scholar, fills this challenging read with fresh insights on every page. He … Continue reading

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A Gospel Too Simple for the Learned: Tough Jo in Bleak House

This is my first time reading Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. As it is featured in Gary Colledge’s God and Charles Dickens and Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon, I thought I should come at last to this very long book. If you have ever … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Dickensian Dreams

Originally posted on A Tolkienist's Perspective:
Dickens’ short story that inspired a Tolkien chapter This is somewhat a Tolkien paper I had written a while back, with the expressed intention to publish it one day. When that day never seemed to…

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10 Great Quotations for International Literacy Day

Some Inspiration for International Literacy Day! Interesting Literature Today is International Literacy Day! What better time, then, to celebrate some of the wisest, wittiest, pithiest, silliest, and most profound things that writers have ever said about literature and reading? The … Continue reading

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Great First Lines

Anyone who writes knows how hard we work on the first line. It’s not that we are trying to live up to all the great first lines. It doesn’t matter how many best of times-worst of times stories we write, … Continue reading

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