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St George fought the dragon and killed it — or did he? Such doubt could make patriots go weak and quite giddy. Did he rescue a maiden and liberate a city like Perseus, it’s said, in ancient ...
World Book Night 2017
In a few days World Book Night will be marked in the UK. Now you may be confused. You may have heard of World Book Day and you may also have heard that World Book Day was for children, and y...
Of blunders and pardons
Following a review I’ve discussed the who, when and where of Jane Austen’s Emma, and then intimated I’d get onto the what. In this post I plan to briefly discuss the novel’s structure before...
What needs to be broken before it can be used? No idea? Here’s another clue: A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid Still in the dark with this riddle? This wit...
Of Highbury, in Surrey
I promised some musings on the subject of Jane Austen’s Emma, based on notes taken while reading it for the first time, and so here is my offering … while it is still fresh in my mind. As re...
Jane Austen: Emma Edited by James Kinsley and David Lodge World’s Classics 1980 (1971) How much more must an imaginist, like herself, be on fire with speculation and foresight! — Emma, Volum...
Twenty-seventeen is the bicentenary of Jane Austen‘s death, with the climax of the celebrations arriving on the fateful day of July 18th. Austen lovers the world over will be adding their ow...
Mount TBR Checkpoint 1
A post in which I have very little to say except to largely repeat myself Bev Hankins over at My Reader’s Block set a challenge for readers to tackle their historic pile of unread books, and...
A useful prosopography
Glenda Leeming, Who’s Who in Jane Austen and the Brontës Foreword by Phyllis Bentley Elm Tree Books 1974 What’s not to like about prosopography? Conventionally this is defined as a descripti...
Brexit and books
The regrettable triggering of Article 50 — the notification of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union — has coincidentally led to a leak of a discussion document, purportedly from Whit...
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