Week 28: Re-reading Little Women, or how to ruin a great childhood memory

Little Women book review Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-19th century was an exciting place to be, if you were of a thoughtful bent. For a small town, it was home to a substantial collection of philosophers and writers, the most prominent being Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leading lights of the Transcendentalist movement. [...]

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Week 27: Exploring the (he)art of Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility book review There are those who are born to Austen, and those who come to her over time; I’m one of the latter. I managed to gain an Honours degree in English without reading a single Austen novel. I know – shocking! I had to be told [...]

By |2018-09-08T16:38:47+00:00December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 26: Sin and The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter book review I confess to having a link - an extremely tenuous one, I admit - to the author of The Scarlet Letter. Sarah Averill Wildes, my eighth great-aunt, was hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem, Massachusetts, on the 19th of July, 1692. Her crime, they said, was witchcraft. One of [...]

By |2018-09-08T16:48:27+00:00December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments