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OTD b. Edward Bulwer-Lytton. More to him than one famously bad opening line

I enjoy blogging, but wish I did it more frequently. Usually my thoughts don’t get further than the garden, some end up as tweets. So here is a compromise solution, a half tweet/half blog post, though by the time you read this it may have grown. There is a book quiz at the end. Today is the birthday of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873). English novelist, poet, … Continue reading OTD b. Edward Bulwer-Lytton. More to him than one famously bad opening line

Proof we all have Victorian doppelgangers – spooky!

This is supposed to be a fun post, not serious research. However it is based on something that I’m interested in, the idea of the doppelganger (a ghostly double). See my previous post, ‘Rossetti and the doppelgängers’. Every now and then, when looking at Long Victorian photographs and paintings, I see a face that immediately makes me think of another person known to me today. … Continue reading Proof we all have Victorian doppelgangers – spooky!

What do your favourite books say about you?

What do your favourite books say about you? There is a quiz in The Independent newspaper that attempts to calculate how old you are based on your favourite books. Feel free to give it a try. As I mostly favour Long 19th Century books I was expecting it to estimate my age at about 150 but, disappointingly, it managed to correctly pigeonhole my decade. I … Continue reading What do your favourite books say about you?

QUIZ answers – Identify these quotes about reading

Don’t look yet – have a try first! Answers: Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) Margaret Fuller (1810 – 1850) Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880) Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Not easy – how many did you get right?     Continue reading QUIZ answers – Identify these quotes about reading

QUIZ – Identify these quotes about reading

Can you identify the above quotes about reading? Need some clues? Read on. [Warning – clue below] To help you here is a list of the authors responsible for the quotes –the list is presented in chronological order by birth. Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) Margaret Fuller (1810 – … Continue reading QUIZ – Identify these quotes about reading

QUIZ answers – identify famous closing lines

Don’t look yet, have a try first! Answers: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1845) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868) Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1902) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884) Anne of Green Gables … Continue reading QUIZ answers – identify famous closing lines

Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?

Readers reading #8 I saw this painting and immediately thought of Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Oh, whatever happened to the art of letter writing? Smiley face, lol. Heart. Smiley blowing a kiss. Heart kiss kiss. The ‘Readers reading’ series on this blog (this list last updated, 12th March 2017). Readers reading #1. A Girl Reading In A Sailing Boat (1869) By Alfred Corbould. … Continue reading Painting (1808): Elizabeth Bennet, anyone?