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Notes on Literature: Children’s Books, a Conversation and Some Thoughts

Last week, a friend and I had a pretty incisive conversation about what we, each, found fascinating about children’s literature as adult readers. She was drawn to the possibility, which children’s fiction affords an adult, of seeing the world from … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Recurring Moments in Fairy Tales and Fantasy

A child’s pleasure in listening to stories lies partly in waiting for things he expects to be repeated: situations, phrases, formulas. … …in prose narrative there are events that rhyme. … It was rather because of my interest in style … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Literary Miracles of Three Kinds

In the world of literature, there are at least three kinds of works (fiction and non-fiction) that, in my opinion, could be termed miracles: Those that inspire awe both because of their sheer storytelling and-or narrative complexity and because of … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature / Quotes and Links: The Detective Story Structure of British Genre Fiction

I happen to be reading A. S. Byatt’s gorgeous novel, Possession. It is, I feel, as close as a novel could get to being delicious. Chock-a-block with exquisite poetry, discussions of Freudian symbolism, Feminism and Literary Theory, and lush allusions … Continue reading

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Book Review / Notes on Literature: Charmed Life (or keeping up with the Chants)

If you haven’t read it yet, if you have not encountered the many worlds of Diana Wynne Jones, I envy you. You have so much to look forward to. – From Neil Gaiman’s introduction to Charmed Life Diana Wynne Jones’s … Continue reading

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