Hardy, Thomas, Quotes, Writers

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy! Today is the birthday of Thomas Hardy (b.2 June 1840 – d.11 January 1928). Hardy was a celebrated and influential English novelist and poet. And is a favourite of mine. Author of such works as Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886), Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891),… Continue reading Happy birthday, Thomas Hardy – 17 quotes

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, Leo, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina

No. 6.  Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina Spoiler alert! OK - so your husband is as dull as a potato and Count Vronsky is handsome, charming and passionate. But you're in Russia and look at the calendar - it's 1873. This is not a relationship with good prospects. For Vronsky: Anna will… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Anna Karenina and Alexei Vronsky from Anna Karenina

Happiness/Meaning of life, Hardy, Thomas, Jude the Obscure, Quotes, Writers

QUOTE: Gigantic dreams (Thomas Hardy)

Poor Jude. Life somehow got in the way. Jude was the first adult book I ever read. Bromley Public Library. A strange choice really, especially given the ending! Even so, I could tell there was something magical about it – the power of writing and dreams.   https://uk.pinterest.com/longvictorian2/thomas-hardy/

Hardy, Thomas, Jude the Obscure, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Arabella Donn & Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure

No. 7.  Arabella Donn and Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure Spoiler alert! Wonderful writing, but such a sad tale. Jude was the first adult book I ever read. Thank you, Bromley Public Library. A strange choice for a child really, especially given the ending! Even so, I could tell there was something magical about… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Arabella Donn & Jude Fawley from Jude the Obscure

Eliot, George, Middlemarch, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Dorothea & Edward Casaubon from Middlemarch

No. 8. Dorothea and Edward Casaubon from Middlemarch (George Eliot) Spoiler alert! Another of Eliot’s brilliant portraits of a hopeless pairing. Dorothea (“Dodo”) is a sheltered and intense young woman with a background in English and Swiss Puritanism: Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscious qualms; she felt she enjoyed… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Dorothea & Edward Casaubon from Middlemarch

Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Lydia Bennet & George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice

No. 9. Lydia Bennet and George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Spoiler alert! The marital prognosis on this relationship isn’t good, I fear. Wickham is a compulsive liar, gambler, debtor and idler. He has previously attempted to elope with Darcy’s young sister to access her fortune. Then he elopes with Lydia, Elizabeth’s 15… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Lydia Bennet & George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice

Eliot, George, Middlemarch, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Rosamund Vincy & Dr Lydgate from Middlemarch

No. 10. Rosamund Vincy and Dr Lydgate from Middlemarch Spoiler alert! Rosamund and Lydgate: One of the many gems to be found in George Eliot's Middlemarch is the genius psychological portraits of Dr Tertius Lydgate and Miss Rosamund Vincy (soon Mrs Lydgate) - including how their marriage faired from early pleasure, through crisis and life-sapping… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Rosamund Vincy & Dr Lydgate from Middlemarch

Painting The Somnambulist by Millais was sold
Art, Art movements, Books & art, Collins, Wilkie, Paintings, Pre-Raphaelites, The Woman in White, Writers

Where is Anne Catherick?!

Where is Anne Catherick?! Or to be more accurate where is this painting? In a Tumblr post on Wilkie Collins' sensational novel The Woman in White, I used the Pre-Raphaelite painting for illustration. The Somnambulist by John Everett Millais. It is thought by some that Millais was inspired by the book. It left me wanting… Continue reading Where is Anne Catherick?!

Austen, Jane, Book trivia, Pride and Prejudice, Worst couples in literature, Writers

11 worst couples in literature: Charlotte Lucas & Mr Collins from Pride and Prejudice

No. 11. Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins: Charlotte Lucas seems a pleasant young woman. She has a sense of humour and is a close friend of the delightful Elizabeth Bennet. What a shame then that she marries that fawning, conceited, potato and chimney connoisseur, Mr Collins.… Continue reading 11 worst couples in literature: Charlotte Lucas & Mr Collins from Pride and Prejudice