Tag Archives: classic books

Passionate Puritans, Part I

It was my junior year English class that confirmed a lot of things. It made me realize I really was destined for a degree in English, that my writing could actually improve (I was overly confident for too long – although that was not really resolved until college), and that in order to be a […]

An American in Italy?

In reading Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, I’ve been struck by his dismissal of Paris. It seems almost egregious that an American should not be fascinated by Paris, and yet, he constantly turns to Northern Italy to shed light on the glory of Europe. I felt like I was walking the streets of […]

Classics I Read in 2009

Ok, I did cheat here a bit due to some of the classes I took, which included one that was a survey on English Literature from the Enlightenment to the Victorians and another that was on the works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Then of course there was Proust (I’m saving the last volume til I’m […]

My List of Classics I’ve Never Read and Should

Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice Any D.H. Lawrence novel Shakespeare’s Histories (i.e. any of the Henry’s) James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Homer’s The Odyssey Ernest Hemingway’s novels Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment Any Balzac Herman Melville’s Moby Dick Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Flaubert’s Madame Bovary Any Edith Wharton […]

The Listmania of 2009

I like lists a lot. Although I think it might have to do with my need to be in control of my life, there is nothing more satisfying than creating categories and subcategories. As New Years approaches and the end of the first decade of the 21st century, there have been more lists than usual. […]

Why I Hate Hemingway

I hate Hemingway. I just hate him. Well except for that one story “The Hills are Like White Elephants,” but I think it was because I was 14 and my reaction was “Wow, this dude can write a sentence.” Before that I also hated short stories. I can acknowledge that Hemingway is a great writer, […]