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    Handsome, Clever, and Rich: A Review of Emma (Novel and Film)

    By sheer good fortune, (and my birthday being in early March, thus making it predate the first pandemic lock-down), in 2020, I was able to go to the theater to see Autumn De Wilde’s first full length feature film- Emma! I am always a bit nervous whenever there is a new adaption of a classic, if only because I have been dissatisfied in the past because often newer adaptions make changes to the story which I often don’t particularly like. But overall, I found this film to be quite enjoyable and an absolute visual feast! The production quality of this film was extremely high and a costume lover’s dream. I…

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    Mrs. Dalloway: An Introspective Portrait of Life

    It seems oddly fitting in some ways that in these confusing times we are all living in I would pick up Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway, a work that confused and still continues to confuse readers and critics alike, even today in the 21st century. Despite defying categorization, Woolf definitely has her admirers, and her experimental style continues to garner praise for its unconventionality. But of course there are also detractors. Woolf is an author that is sometimes not always to everyone’s taste. A lot of people might even now deride some of the very things that once made her work so revolutionary, and instead of applauding it for its…

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    Marriage, Class, and Love in Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley

    Many readers were no doubt first introduced to the Bronte sisters through either Emily Bronte’s novel, Wuthering Heights, or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. I myself was no exception, and it is easy to see why these two iconic books have shaped what people think of when they think of a quintessential “Bronte novel,” since both conjure up images of windswept moors and thwarted lovers. (These books in particular are also by far the most popular because Anne’s works in years past were little read, and are only in the last decade or so gaining popularity.) Shirley then, at first glance, seems a different creature entirely. More akin to a smaller…

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    The Secret Garden on Screen: Old and New

    Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, has been a beloved story in my family for many years. My mother read it to my aunt when she was young, and then later to me and my sister. Carrying a message of hope and renewal, the tale of a little girl who learns to bring a garden back to life, and along with it, the hearts of all whose lives she touches, including her own, is a timeless classic of children’s literature. And since there hasn’t been a major adaptation for years, not since the 1993 film directed by Agnieszka Holland starring Kate Maberly (Daniel Deronda), I was really excited to see…

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    Love and Fury: The Powerful Legacy Wollstonecraft Bequeathed To Her Daughter

    Hello everyone! Since Mother’s Day isn’t too far behind us, I thought that this absolutely awesome novel about mothers and daughters that I was fortunate enough to receive an eARC of on NetGalley, was particularly fitting. (All quotations are taken from the eARC I was provided. There may be some differences in the final published version.) Love and Fury is Samantha Silva’s sophomore novel, and it is anything but a slump. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading her debut Mr. Dickens and His Carol, but I definitely will be seeking it out now since I was so impressed with this tour de force. This book was so unique…

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    Wives and Daughters: Gaskell’s Influence in Victorian Literature

    Whew! I feel so happy with myself right now. This book that I am going to talk about today is one that has been on my to-be-read list for so long, and this finally was the year I read it. I have been familiar with Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters for several years now and have watched the beautiful costume mini-series created by Andrew Davies, (who has created countless stellar period pieces for the BBC), multiple times. I also have read Gaskell’s North and South, and watched its accompanying adaption, as well as Cranford. Overshadowed by her many peers, Elizabeth Gaskell is a fabulously underrated author who is only in…