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Quotes from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1874 – 1942) has been a classic children’s novel almost from the time it was first published in 1908. Following is a selection of quotes from Anne of Green Gables that illustrate why the novel has such timeless appeal.

It’s the first of a series of novels detailing the adventures of an orphan girl named Anne Shirley from the age of eleven through adulthood. 

Anne is mistakenly sent to two siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert interested in adopting a boy to help them on their farm. The novel takes place in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island and follows Anne as she makes her way through life with the Cuthbert siblings, school friends, and townspeople. Read More→

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Memorable Quotes by Angela Carter from Her Literary Works

Angela Carter (1940 – 1992), born Angela Olive Stalker, was an English novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Known as one of Britain’s most original writers, she was best known for her eclectic range of themes and influences. Her work breaks taboo, often being labeled provocative.

Carter was a strong believer in women having control over their own narrative. Most famous for her 1979 collection, The Bloody Chamber, a re-envisioned version of the classic European fairy tales, she went on to publish dozens of books. Here are memorable quotes by Angela Carter from her novels and other literary works:

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Duty and Desire: Quotes from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence (1920) by Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937) is considered one of this classic American author’s finest works. Following is a selection of quotes from The Age of Innocence that capture its style and substance.

In 1921, it earned Wharton the distinction as the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In a 2019 essay in The New York Times, “The Age of The Age of Innocence,” Elif Batuman  argued that  in some ways, this classic novel feels more current than ever.

The story is set in the 1870s and centers on Newland Archer, an upper-class New Yorker. Archer’s conflicted desires between duty to his staid but loving wife and his passion for scandal-plagued divorcée Countess Ellen Olenska are central to the narrative. Read More→

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Quotes from Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion (1817) is the last novel that beloved British author Jane Austen completed; it was published six months after her death. Following is a sampling of quotes from Persuasion, a touching and engaging novel.

Persuasion may well be Austen’s most romantic story, and yet, as with her other works, it’s far from frivolous, exploring themes of lost love, missed opportunity, heartbreak, and becoming one’s own person.

Anne Elliot is twenty-seven when the story begins (an older heroine than is usual for this time and place). She’s a member of a family who suffers the indignity of having to lower their status as a way to get out of debt. At her age, a woman would have been considered well past the bloom of youth and on the road to spinsterhood.

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Quotes from Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey was actually the first novel that Jane Austen completed with the hopes of publication, in 1803.The following quotes from Northanger Abbey reflect the fun Jane Austen had with her characters, though as always, it’s not just frivolous. She manages to imbue insightful commentary into every delightful line of text and dialog.

This early novel was first titled Susan. Jane’s family sold the copyright to a London publisher for a pittance. The publisher held on to it for years without printing it. It was tied up until 1816 when Jane’s brother Henry managed to buy it back.

Jane spent some time revising the original, renaming her heroine Catherine, but by the time it was published in 1817, she had died.  That year, another of her novels, Persuasion, was published as well. Northanger Abbey is considered a coming-of-age novel in which Catherine Morland, the young and rather naïve heroine, learns the ways of the world. Read More→

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