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Readings I’ve Enjoyed

The December 1956 issue of Mademoiselle magazine included a short story that has been anthologized often since then. Additionally, it has been recorded by the author and others, dramatized for television, turned into a Broadway musical, and into a one … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

When I first read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman a few years ago I thought it was every bit as good as some of Poe’s short stories.  I haven’t changed my mind.  Gilman’s best known short story has … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story masterpiece, “Babylon Revisited,” is the tale of a man whose alcoholism is partly responsible for his wife’s death.  In the story he, now sober, returns to Paris to seek custody of his daughter who is … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Back in 2010 Veronica Roth, then a 21-year-old creative writing major at Northwestern, wrote in a blog that she would like to jump into a pool filled with mini-marshmallows.  At this point in time she could probably afford to jump … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert W. Service

It has been a bitterly cold winter in many parts of the United States, and many of us can sympathize with the plight of a man named Sam McGee.  You can find a poem about Sam on my Readings I’ve … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “To Build a Fire” by Jack London

With the cold, snowy winter weather in many parts of the United States, it might be time for a lesson about how to build a fire – compliments of Jack London (1876 – 1916).  London had experience with severe conditions … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce (1842 – 1913?) is probably best remembered for his witty and irreverent The Devil’s Dictionary, but he was also a wonderful short story writer.  His “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” is an excellent example of his work.  … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – The Story of Civilization by Will Durant

Though you may never have heard of Will Durant, he is responsible for introducing millions of people to the pleasures of philosophy and history.  His 1926 book The Story of Philosophy has sold millions of copies, and his 50 year … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “Boule de Suif” by Guy de Maupassant

“Boule de Suif” is one of my favorite short stories.  It was written by the great French writer Guy de Maupassant in 1880.  To read it, go to my page Readings I’ve Enjoyed.

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed – “The Catbird Seat” by James Thurber

Today I am adding a new page to my blog called Readings I’ve Enjoyed.  I will use it to present all sorts of things I’ve enjoyed reading over the years with the thought that you might enjoy them too.  I … Continue reading

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