Category Archives: Classics


YOU GUYS. I read Ivanhoe and it was the most amazing thing. Walter Scott was extremely popular in his day and had legions of adoring fans and was invited to a private dinner by the Prince Regent so they could … Continue reading

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The Shuttle

Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for her children’s novels (none of which I happen to have read). The 1907 novel The Shuttle, however, is written for adults. Its subject—an abusive marriage—is a serious one, although it’s presented in such a way … Continue reading

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Little Dorrit (TV series)

Recently, my friend Laura loaned me her copy of the 2008 BBC production of Little Dorrit. I watched it over a couple of days — it’s 14 half-hour episodes — and thought I would just mention it here. Little Dorrit … Continue reading

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The Age of Innocence

Looking back on my reading history, I last read Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence ten years ago, just pre-blog. I barely remember it. As I turned the pages, everything seemed new and fresh. I couldn’t anticipate the plot, and … Continue reading

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Norse Mythology

If you count The Sagas of Icelanders, which you might or might not, this is the fourth work of Norse mythology I’ve reviewed on this blog! It practically deserves its own tag! I’m obviously drawn to this kind of literature … Continue reading

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Martin Chuzzlewit

The only thing I knew about Martin Chuzzlewit before going into it was that it was “the one where the main character goes to America.” Well, that’s true. But there is quite a bit more to this novel, which apparently … Continue reading

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The Prime Minister

Teresa and I have been slowly making our way through Anthony Trollope’s Palliser novels, and The Prime Minister is the fifth. This book splits itself into two threads, which brush each other but don’t influence each other heavily. One is … Continue reading

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The Call of the Wild

My daughter had some summer reading to do for her English class next year. She had to choose a “classic,” so she picked The Call of the Wild, by Jack London. I had actually never read it, nor anything else … Continue reading

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Daniel Deronda

Daniel Deronda is the fifth of George Eliot’s novels that I’ve read, and the first that I found to be really slow reading. I don’t know whether it was my mood or the weather or the news cycle, but I … Continue reading

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The Three Musketeers

This 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas, set in the early 17th century, is one of those books that I knew a little something about just from osmosis: France, swordplay, plots, All for One and One for All. The story is, … Continue reading

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