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Category Archive: Modernist

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Short Story about Modernity

Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000), a woman who did not start writing until after her sixtieth birthday in the 1970s, was not what scholars would consider a traditional modernist.  She did not write during modernism’s… Continue reading

Hemingway Week: The Sun Also Rises

When I first read The Sun Also Rises (1926) by Ernest Hemingway, I was an undergraduate student in a class on American Modernism.  My professor was a tall bald man who said the… Continue reading

Hemingway Week: Short Stories

I’ve read a few different short story collections by Ernest Hemingway.  Here are my musings on some of the specific stories in those collections. “Soldier’s Home,” from the collection In Our Time (1925),… Continue reading

Hemingway Week: Bitch Goddesses

Warning: This post explores the literary term “bitch goddess,” and I therefore use that word frequently.  I understand that this is offensive and upsetting to some people, so please don’t take it personally… Continue reading

Hemingway Week: A Farewell to Arms

I enjoyed reminiscing about Ernest Hemingway’s books so much while reading and posting on The Paris Wife, that I’ve decided to post five days this week on the works of Ernest Hemingway.  I’ll… Continue reading

William Faulkner’s Novels are Intimidating

In my notes on William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! (1936), I have written, “It’s okay to use a period once in a while!”  Obviously, I was frustrated, but this note also tells me that… Continue reading

Thank You, Alice Walker, for Rescuing Zora Neale Hurston

I recently read Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).  It is the second time I have picked up this book.  The first time occurred about a decade ago, and… Continue reading

A Lesson in Forgiveness from The Old Wives’ Tale

The Old Wives’ Tale (1908) by Arnold Bennett is probably a book you’ve never heard of.  I hadn’t heard of it until a few months ago when I came across it at the… Continue reading

Thrift Store Book Finds

I like to buy books at thrift stores.  We have a large chain of thrift stores in my area called Deseret Industries.  We frequently donate, and get tax deductions for it, but I… Continue reading

Rebecca: Not Really a Ghost Story

When I picked up a copy of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938), number 15 on the BBC Book List, I couldn’t help but think, “Is this a romance novel?” You know, one of… Continue reading