The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848

While the name Brontë might not have meant anything to the reading public in 1848, the pseudonym of Bell was very well known.  Given the triple punch of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey, all the year before, Anne Brontë's second and final novel under the name of Acton Bell was an instant runaway success... a … Continue reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, 1848

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 1847

After working my way through Charlotte Brontë's biography, it was a foregone conclusion Jane Eyre would be the next novel I picked up.  How could I not?  Charles Dickens was well-known for his turning of childhood traumas into literary devices that made adults sit up and take notice.  According to the biography, Brontë was the first one … Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 1847

Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)

There is no place for grief in a house which serves the Muse. After working my way through more disturbing topics, I've come to find that a little poetry serves me well as a palette cleanser, especially when most of the lines are geared towards love. Most of what is believed of Sappho in popular … Continue reading Sappho: A New Rendering by Sappho, Henry de Vere Stacpoole (translation)