Tag Archive: British Literature

A. S. Byatt’s Possession: The Secret Love Lives of Dead Poets

Possession (1990), number 80 on the BBC book list, by A. S. Byatt is a literary thriller about academics.  White it has been highly acclaimed and even has status as a bestseller, I… Continue reading

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

Yawning through Sense and Sensibility

I think I’ve passed the age at which I can enjoy Jane Austen.  I finished reading Sense and Sensibility (1811) and number 54 on the BBC book list, but I didn’t really care… Continue reading

Depth and Reflection in The Wind in the Willows

I tried to read The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame and number 30 on the BBC book list to my daughter, but after a few pages, she said, “I don’t… Continue reading

How Being a Parent is Like Being a Hobbit

I read The Hobbit (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien, number 16 on the BBC book list, several years ago, after The Lord of the Rings movies came out.  I wanted to know… Continue reading

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: An Allegory for Parents

I never read this book as a child.  It’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C. S. Lewis and number 36 on the BBC book list.  I had heard of… Continue reading

Apparently, I Like Anthropomorphism

I worked as a secretary for several months before I got a new coworker.  Janette shared the lobby area with me and came with a positive attitude and a big education.  I looked… Continue reading

We Are Neither Heroes nor Villains: The Two Towers

I admit it.  I don’t really like The Lord of the Rings series, number 2 on the BBC book list.  I am dutifully reading them for this blog and for the sake of… Continue reading

Sundance Film Festival 2013 Movie Review: Austenland

Last night, I had my first experience at the Sundance Film Festival.  It is a place where independent filmmakers can get their work exposed to studios and distributors.  The center of it is… Continue reading

Quivering in Sunday School Because of Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) by Stella Gibbons and number 53 on the BBC book list is quite the comic novel.  The story centers around Flora Poste, who, when left an orphan, decides to… Continue reading