Daily Archives for: November 2nd, 2015

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927)

From the 1956 Harcourt Brace & Co. edition:  To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf’s fifth novel, was originally published in 1927. Immediately acclaimed, it has remained one of her mostly highly regarded works of fictions.

Inspired by Woolf’s recollections of childhood summers spent on the Cornwall coast, To the Lighthouse depicts the fictional Ramsey family and their assorted house guests spending a vacation in the Hebrides, on the island of Skye.

The first part of the novel, “The Window,” finds six-year-old James Ramsey eagerly awaiting a promised trip to the nearby lighthouse, a promise not to be fulfilled until ten years later when, in the third section, “The Lighthouse,” James is nearing adulthood and many of the other characters have disappeared.  Read More→


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The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith (1956)

From the 1984 Viking edition of the 1956 novel for young readers, The 101 Dalmatians (originally published as The Hundred and One Dalmatians) by Dodie Smith

Life was good for the Dalmatian couple Pongo and Missis. With the Dearlys to look after them, they lived in a comfortable home in London where they were able to start a remarkably large family.

Their fifteen beautifully spotted Dalmatian puppies became the talk of the town around Regent’s Park. But Cruella de Vil, a neighbor of the Dearlys, plans to cash in on these gems and their lovely coats! Read More→


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