Tag Archives: English Literature

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“In that direction,” the Cat said, waving its right paw round, “lives a Hatter: and in that direction,” waving the other paw, “lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.”“But I don’t want to go among mad … Continue reading

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist© 1837 Charles Dickens447 pages “Please, sir, I want some more.”   I had never read or otherwise encountered Oliver Twist before this month, but I immediately recognized that quote. Something about little Oliver sticks in the minds of … Continue reading

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A Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England

A Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England© 2014 Ian Mortimer415 pages Previously Ian Mortimer has offered readers with access to a time machine a handbook for medieval England. Perhaps mystery plays based on Scripture are not your interest, however, and you’d … Continue reading

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Further Up and Further In

Further Up and Further In: Understanding Narnia © 2018 Joseph Pearce 200 pages ”The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets.” – The Last Battle Christendom and Narnia are never far removed from one another, … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Innocence

Wisdom and Innocence: A Life Of G.K. Chesterton © 1996 Joseph Pearce 540 pages “I cannot help but thinking you were England — the Merry, chivalrous, simple-hearted, fearless England that I loved.” – an old friend’s letter to Chesteron Mention … Continue reading

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The Canterbury Tales

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! *ahem* If you’ve ever glanced at my Classics Club list, you’ll see Canterbury Tales sitting there, and I’ve regarded it as one of the tougher ones on my list — in the same tier as the Russians,  April is the … Continue reading

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The Wheels of Chance

The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll© 1896 H.G. Wells193 pages What an odd little story! Begin with one J. Hoopdriver, a draper’s assistant who lives for nothing but spare opportunities to ride his bicycle — or rather, to crash … Continue reading

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Literary Converts

Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief© 2000 Joseph Pearce452 pages             Literary Converts is a historical survey of the ‘second spring’ of Anglo-Catholic literature and all that followed, covering most of the twentieth … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre© 1847 Charlotte Bronte525 pages   Years ago an online quiz declared to me that of all the characters in English literature, I was most like…Jane Eyre. It may have been a quiz intended for women, but I had … Continue reading

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Bilbo’s Journey

Bilbo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of the Hobbit©  2012 Joseph Pearce147 pages The Hobbit begins with the sudden arrival of a pack of dwarves at Bilbo Baggin’s house. Though he is very much the quiet homebody, they have arrived … Continue reading

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