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Sargent and his Friends

I already knew Sargent painted sublimely, and would have been probably my top choice as a portraitist had I been living in the Edwardian age.  But ‘Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends’ is just as interesting in elucidating the sitters as the artist.   697 more words

Pale Grey Woollen Underwear

I’ve recently had the opportunity to re-read Treasure Island. Or sort of. I’m not sure if I ever actually read it properly in the first place, but I’ve watched enough adaptations, and pored over the puzzle activity book version… 231 more words


Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson

Today, I’m recommending a historical adventure for you dear readers.  Kidnapped is an adventure novel set during the Jacobite uprising in England and Scotland.

Our protagonist and narrator is David Balfour, a Scottish boy in his late teens who has recently lost his father and is on his way to live with relatives.   300 more words

Historical Fiction

On Robert Louis Stevenson

Two weeks ago, in the post called “One Man’s Personal Library,” I made the observation that the works of Robert Louis Stevenson weren’t read much these days, despite their excellence.  600 more words

John Singer Sargent: Doctor Jekyll, not much sign of Mister Hyde.

I went to the John Singer Sargent exhibition on Wednesday, at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s called Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and attempts to represent a more “intimate, idiosyncratic and experimental” version of Sargent’s painting. 1,447 more words



I CONTINUE to gain high entertainment from annotated editions, even if they’re of familiar works. There are so many neat things to learn, some only peripherally related to the classic tale itself. 625 more words

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Fireside Fridays ~ Bookish Quotes

I love quotes, as I discussed here, and I can’t believe I didn’t think of this topic sooner—book-related quotes. What could be better? Enjoy these, and make sure to tell me your own favorites in the comments! 285 more words