Posts Tagged ‘Elizabeth Stoddard’

Book V: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, First Published 1847, 320 pages

After a brief foray into American Literature we will take a turn back into British Lit with Wuthering Heights. This novel is considered by many to be one of the greatest romantic stories ever written.  At the time of publication Bronte was highly criticized for writing it on subject matter ahead of its time.  She died only a year after the publishing of the book.  I just started this one today and at my current rate of finishing you should have no problem keeping up.

Summary of Book IV: The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard

When I first picked this one up I did not know what to think having very little foresight on the author, but she was highly acclaimed so I figured what could it hurt especially at 50 cents.  For the first hundred pages or so the novel was fairly slow going and truthfully if it was not for my “The Captain goes down with the ship” attitude I probably would have put it down.  Soon after though the story and the characters begin to take shape.  Upon completion of the book I believe that the characters and their interaction with one another may have been more the focus then the actual story itself.  Whatever the case everyone is rather peculiar making it more then worth a read.

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Book IV: The Morgesons by Elizabeth Stoddard, First Published in 1862, 253 Pages.

Finally onto a new book.  With my new job my reading time has diminished immensely.  I went from reading around 60 pages a day to ten.  Im taking a break from British literature for a stay in American literature.  American writing always gets a bad rep when compared to that of the English.  Even Americans condemn their own art form.  Shit where did most of the famous American writers come from anyway?  Take a guess, Britain.

Elizabeth Stoddard is considered one of the more intelligent female writers of her time, yet receives little accolade for her accomplishments and is often likened to a female Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The Morgesons is considered one of her best works.  I scored it at thrift shop for fifty cents ironically what the novel probably would have cost in hard cover back when it was initially published.  Im just starting this book now so we will see how it goes as always feel free to grab a copy and read it with me.

Summary of Book III: The Adventures of David Simple, Sarah Fielding
At first I found this book to be rather a bore with a some what simple plot, no pun intended, of an honest man in a dishonest world on a quest to find another honest good hearted companion to share his fortune with.  The book’s intention was to satirize the vileness of human behavior towards one another through the example of the main character, David Simple and his journey through life.

Although the book takes place in 18th century England most if not all the stereo types and the book’s end message hold true today.  It really proves the expression, one I am rather fond of that “no good deed goes unpunished”.  If you missed it I would highly recommend picking it up and giving it a read. Part one is slow, but part two completely makes up for it.

Book I: Adam Bede
BookII: Within the Hollow Crown
Book III: The Adventures of David Simple

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