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A to Z Challenge: L is for “Lytton Strachey”

L is for “Lytton Strachey: The New Biography” by Michael Holroyd. I love reading about anyone in theloomsbury group and Lytton Strachey was a founding member of the set. Strachey was a British writer and critic who wrote “Eminent Victorians”, a book covering the lives of four Victorians. Strachey wrote a new kind of biography with an emphasis on psychological insight and sympathy. He was … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: L is for “Lytton Strachey”

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A to Z Challenge: J is for Jean Rhys

J is for “Jean Rhys; Life and Work” by Carole Angier. One of my favourite books is “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys. This is a prequel to Jane Eyre, and tells the story of Rochester’s mad wife in the attic. It covers her childhood in the Caribbean and her marriage to a man who does not understand her and her culture.  I usually avoid … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: J is for Jean Rhys

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A to Z Challenge: I is for In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

I is for In Praise of Messy : Essays by Katie Roiphe, one of my favourite modern writers.  This book is a collection of ten essays on topics as diverse as incest literature, Joan Dideon, Hillary Clinton, and her own unconventional life. Perhaps I like Katie Roiphe because I do not know what to expect from her- or perhaps I do-I expect the unconventional view.  … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: I is for In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

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A to Z Challenge: H is for Heretics and Heroes

H is for Heretics and Heroes by Thomas Cahill. This book is part of the Hinges of History series, a proposed seven-volume work which will recount the main moments in Western civilization.  I have read two other books in the series –How the Irish Saved Civilization and Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the beginnings of the Modern World. Heretics and Heroes, subtitled How Renaissance … Continue reading A to Z Challenge: H is for Heretics and Heroes

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G is for “Galileo’s Daughter”

G is for “Galileo’s Daughter” by Dava Sobol.  This book is based on 120 letters written by Suor Maria Celeste, Galileo’s daughter who was a nun, to her father. It tells of the close relationship between the two. Galileo was not married to the mother of his three children and the two girls’ illegitimacy made them unlikely to marry.  Galileo sent them both to a … Continue reading G is for “Galileo’s Daughter”

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: F is for Fanny Burney

F is for “Fanny Burney” by Claire Harman. This is a wonderful biography by a talented writer. Claire Harman has written biographies of Charlotte Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sylvia Townsend Warner whose book Lolly Willowes I recently read. Fanny Burney lived and wrote in the 1700’s, a time when women often had to write under a pseudonym to remain respectable.  Her father was a … Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge: F is for Fanny Burney

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B is for “Byron’s Daughter: A Biography of Elizabeth Medora Leigh”

Lord Byron had three daughters – Ada Lovelace, his daughter by his wife Isabella Milbanke, Allegra  Byron by his lover, Claire Clairmont, and Medora by his half-sister, Augusta Leigh. Although Medora took the surname of her mother’s husband, George Leigh, it is commonly believed that Lord Byron was her father. I am fascinated by the poets Shelley and Byron, not so much by their poetry … Continue reading B is for “Byron’s Daughter: A Biography of Elizabeth Medora Leigh”