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A Room of His Own: A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland by Barbara J. Black (Goodreads Review)

A Room of His Own: A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland by Barbara J. Black My rating: 4 of 5 stars There is a lot about the Victorian age that I am either missing or that has been warped in … Continue reading

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Will They Want Me Even Though I’m A Boy? Heading to the L.M. Montgomery Institute Conference (L.M. Montgomery Series) #LMMI2018

Though Matthew and Marilla would have been considered me a fine specimen of boyish orphan for Mrs. Spencer to bring home from the orphanage, they, like my farming fathers before me, would have been disappointed. And a little puzzled, if experience … Continue reading

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In an Age of Literary Groups, L.M. Montgomery was Alone (L.M. Montgomery Series)

I first saw the trend with the Oxford Inklings. Out of an informal Nordic literary society in the late 20s where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien first met, the Inklings began gathering in the early 30s. Although C.S. Lewis wasn’t … Continue reading

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A Weekend of Reading to Change Your Literary Life

If you are like me, you have spent much of your adult life as a reader catching up on a severe lack of education. It is common that I am out with friends and when the topic of books comes … Continue reading

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The Women That Changed C.S. Lewis’ Life

If your experience of C.S. Lewis is only Mere Christianity, Time magazine covers, or a struggle with Susan Pevensie in Narnia, no doubt your most striking image of Lewis will be that of the Oxford Don in shabby tweed surrounded by old books … Continue reading

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New Approaches to Academic Writing: An Unusual Marking Note for a Good Student

I am at that time of year when the marking pile on my desk is higher than my laptop screen. Like a fool, each year, I go into the marking expecting great things. So far, I have never had a … Continue reading

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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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