The Perfect Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee might just be the perfect book.  It is number 5 on the BBC book list, and it won the Pulitzer Prize. As I reread it for this post, I gaped at how perfect it is. It is essentially many stories told through the eyes of Scout, or... Continue Reading →

Faulkner’s Light in August and Beginnings

The word "August" has many meanings, and William Faulkner uses all of them and the accompanying symbolism in Light in August (1932).  I was struck by his use of the word, as both a month and as something delayed or ending.  Yet the title, in coupling the word August with “light” suggests that endings can... Continue Reading →

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