Sharp views on classic works by female authors.
Rebecca has been many things to many people. To the reading public, it is a gothic romance and ferocious tale of jealousy, betrayal, and suspense. To academics it is ripe with Freudian subtext – the younger second wife (daughter) longing for the affections of her husband (father), but envious of and intimidated by the first […]
In August 1937 writer Elizabeth Smart walked into a London bookshop, opened a collection of poems by George Barker and fell in love. By the time they met and began an affair three years later – resulting in the birth of four children, although he never left his wife – she was already so utterly […]
In 1940, Elizabeth Smart began an affair with the poet, George Barker, which she eternalized in its many agonies and seemingly far fewer ecstasies in By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. Though Barker stayed with his wife, they had four children who Smart supported through journalism and advertising work in London before […]
Every once in a while, a book comes along in which the pacing is so precise, the pitch so perfect, the language so measured, and the cast so beguiling that I am mesmerized and awed. Louise Shivers’ first novel, Here to get My Baby out of Jail appeared over twenty years ago and, when I […]
There isn’t a whole heap left to say about Zelda Fitzgerald. Common consensus states she was a drunk, a Southern Belle, a madwoman, one half of the 20’s most garrulous couple, the definitive Flapper, and a writer, painter, and dancer frustrated at every turn by some wider desire for conformity and the professional jealousy of […]
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