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Slightly late, but still in time for Reading Wednesday:

Finished:

The Four Seasons ed. by J.D. McClatchy. This has immediately become one of my favorite anthologies ever. Heartily recommended.

In Good King Charles's Golden Days by Bernard Shaw. Shaw's influence is all over 20th century drama, isn't it. Parts of this could have been written by a young Stoppard.

A Popular Schoolgirl by Angela Brazil. This one is set just after the Great War, and its shadow looms over civilian life. Read it while recovering from a kidney stone attack, and it did the job admirably of distracting me without any need for serious thought. Not her best or even most interesting, but a solid instance of her sort of schoolgirl stories.

In progress:

The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism by Bernard Shaw, which is lucid and entertaining, if marred by occasional bits of condescending. Would that more books on economics were written this well. Maybe a quarter of the way in? -- it's hefty, but quick reading.

Love Poems ed. by C.N. Edwards, which is the sort of anthology where the illustrations are much of the point: there's an old painting opposite every poem. (The cover has Klimt.) Not many poems that are both good and new to me, so far, though many lovely paintings I hadn't met before. Overall, acceptable as a member of its class. The text is oddly marred by proofreading errors, including several instances of two stanzas being run together. Am ~½ through.

---L.

Subject quote from "The Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron," George Chapman.

Date: 10 August 2017 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Wow, the illustration titles listed at the beginning are a nearly perfect fic outline:

Under the Lanterns
"Let's Call ourselves the Foursome League"
A Friend in Need
"You look nice—you do, really, with your hair down"
"You may think you know everything, Bess Haselford, but you don't know this!"
A Tall Figure, clothed in some White Garment, was gliding towards them


ETA: And, wow, we veer straight into Angels and Insects territory with the dark-haired dark-eyed protagonist the odd duck in a family of "blue eyes, fair skins, and flaxen hair." Ah, those halcyon days before genetics!
Edited Date: 10 August 2017 01:45 am (UTC)

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