The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1940)

From the Gilded Age, of the previous post, to the Golden Age of Hollywood, The Last Tycoon is the final, unfinished novel by the author F Scott Fitzgerald. Published posthumously in 1941, we are told the story of Monroe Stahr, one of the great movie producers of the golden age of cinema, through the eyes … Continue reading The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1940)

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1920)

I imagine that when an author sets out to write something they do so to amuse themselves and hope that somewhere along the way someone else might enjoy it as well. Wharton's expectations were perhaps exceeded when this 1920 novel by her won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1921. A surprising and somewhat controversial decision, … Continue reading The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1920)

Redemption (I’ve finished Crime and Punishment!)

**THERE MAY BE SPOILERS** It's been a while! In the millennia I've been absent I've moved, walked a lot and not read very much. I've also successfully relocated my cat, Edward and unpacked most of the boxes that have filled my life for...well, several months now. Life is more settled now so, hopefully, I can … Continue reading Redemption (I’ve finished Crime and Punishment!)

Author: Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897)

I was musing in my previous post about Margaret Oliphant's lack of visibility on the Victorian Author's Stage. We are so well versed in the stories of those female authors who died young, unwed and childless (an intentional sweeping generalisation) that there seems to be little room left for those authors who have the temerity … Continue reading Author: Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897)

Miss Marjoribanks, by ME Oliphant (1866). Part I

You know that squidgy stuff you squirt into wall cavities and it grows and grows and grows, filling the hole? Yeah, you know what I mean? I know, let's call it expanding foam....well, I think I've found the book equivalent. As part of the Classic 50 challenge I scoured online shops, poached ideas from other … Continue reading Miss Marjoribanks, by ME Oliphant (1866). Part I

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Written in 1859 this work of historical fiction recounts events of the French Revolution in the last quarter of the 18th Century. However, it is also reflective of the great social change sweeping through Europe in the 19th Century and, in some ways, should have been a cautionary tale for those nations whose monarchs were … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens