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Updated: 2018-01-15T01:41:22-05:00

 



Brief note: Death and Mr. Pickwick

2018-01-15T01:41:22-05:00

One of the many things authors can do with historical fiction is, in fact, attempt to write history. In the nineteenth century, we see such experiments in Joseph Strutt's and Walter Scott's (execrable) Queen-Hoo Hall, some of Bulwer-Lytton's historical novels,...



Brief note: Ethel's Book, or Tales of the Angels

2018-01-03T21:00:17-05:00

I continued my Thomas Richardson and Sons read-through with F. W. Faber's Ethel's Book, or Tales of the Angels (1858), which Faber dedicated to a young Etheldreda Fitzalan Howard (1849-1926), later a Sister of Charity. Faber was not, shall we...



Friday (Guest) Cat Blogging

2017-12-29T20:30:54-05:00

Two of my parents' three cats, Cleo and Houdini. The apparent amity is an illusion, as there are clear territorial boundaries on this couch. Only cats, of course, are capable of perceiving them...



My Year in Books

2017-12-23T22:34:52-05:00

Favorite novels: Colm Toibin, House of Names; Sarah Moss, Signs for Lost Children; Lesley Krueger, Mad Richard; Richard Francis, Crane Pond; Rohan Wilson, To Name Those Lost; Caryl Phillips, The Lost Child; Steven Price, By Gaslight; Joshua Harmon, Quinnehtukqut; John...



End of Semester Wrap-Up

2017-12-15T18:11:22-05:00

It's time for another edition of "what does a full professor at a small regional comprehensive do with her semester?" Research and writing: Currently finishing up the footnotes on an article that I'd like to send out by the end...



The Crown

2017-12-10T19:43:51-05:00

The second season of The Crown might just as well have been subtitled "The Americans are coming!" Not that the season is all Yanks, all the time (or even most of the time), mind you, only that one catches slow...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-12-08T21:26:58-05:00

Helen Maria Williams, Julia, ed. Natasha Duquette (Pickering & Chatto, 2010). Reprint of Williams' 1790 response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. (Amazon [secondhand]) W. Carus Wilson, Youthful Memoirs (American Sunday School Union, 1830). US reprint of Wilson's collection of spiritual biographies for...



This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions

2017-12-02T21:50:44-05:00

Sophie Cottin, Elizabeth; Or, the Exiles of Siberia. A Tale Founded Upon Facts (John Sharpe, 1817). Early English translation of Cottin's 1806 novel about a young girl trying to rescue her father. (eBay) Emily Brodie, Jean Lindsay, the Vicar's Daughter...



Maud Hamilton; Or, Self-Will and Its Consequences

2017-11-26T17:08:04-05:00

Since there have been novels, there have been other novels warning that novels are dangerous. Such is the case with Mary Agatha Pennell's Catholic novel Maud Hamilton; Or, Self-Will and Its Consequences (1884), which sets itself against insufficiently moralizing books...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-11-24T22:18:59-05:00

Geremy Carnes, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791 (Delaware, 2017). New study of writing by and about Catholics after the Glorious Revolution. (Amazon [secondhand]) Essie Fox, The Last Days of Leda Gray (Orion, 2017). An actress...



This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions

2017-11-18T22:20:18-05:00

Susan Rivers, The Second Mrs. Hockaday (Alongonquin, 2017). An officer's adolescent wife, left alone while he fights in the Civil War, may have committed infanticide during his absence. (Lift Bridge) Jean Giono, Melville: A Novel, trans. Paul Eprile (NYRB, 2017)....



Brief note: Eva; or, As the Child, So the Woman

2017-11-18T00:44:30-05:00

I'm in the process of reading through Thomas Richardson's catalog of Catholic fiction, as far as I'm able. As his list consisted primarily of short(er) novels for young people, it's not a hugely onerous project. Alice Ismene O'Neill Daunt, the...



This Week's Acquisitions

2017-11-10T22:53:48-05:00

Emma Leslie, Quadratus: A Tale of the World in the Church (Nelson & Phillips, 1875). Early Church historical novel set during the 4th century, featuring such luminaries as John Chrysostom, Monica, and a very young (and rather naughty) Augustine. (eBay)...



This Week's (Belated) Acquisitions

2017-11-04T20:30:40-04:00

David Rocklin, The Night Language (Vireo, 2017). Historical novel based on the experiences of the very short-lived Prince Alamayou (Alemayehu) in England. (Amazon) Gregory Maguire, Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (Morrow, 2017). Yet another of Maguire's...



*Must* they have?

2017-11-04T18:00:43-04:00

I am 2/3 of the way through a monograph which argues all its claims by reference to what X "must" have done, or "would" have done, or "may" have done, etc., etc., etc. But why assume that even a highly-cultured...