Classic Author Focus: Charlotte Riddell

Charlotte Riddell Charlotte Riddell was an Irish/English writer who is best known now for stories of the supernatural. During her lifetime, she was very popular and was the author of more than 50 novels and short stories. She was also part owner and editor of St. James Magazine, a prominent London journal of the time. … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Charlotte Riddell

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Classic Author Focus: Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell Angela Thirkell had quite the pedigree. She was the daughter of John William Mackail, a Scottish Classical scholar, and Margaret Burne-Jones, who herself was the daughter of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. She was a cousin of Rudyard Kipling, and her brother Denis Mackail, was also a novelist. Thirkell was educated at St. … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Angela Thirkell

Classic Author Focus: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson Although Robert Louis Stevenson suffered from severe bronchial trouble most of his life, he still traveled extensively and was a prolific writer of novels, essays, poems, and travel books and articles. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of a lighthouse engineer. As a child, he suffered from ill health, as … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic Author Focus: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and journalist who led a difficult and painful life. He became famous for exploring the darker places in the human psyche and is rated by many critics as one of the greatest novelists in world literature. Literary modernism and existentialism and schools in … Continue reading Classic Author Focus: Fyodor Dostoevsky

For Your Summer (or Winter) Entertainment…

 AUSTEN IN AUGUST is an annual reading event celebrating one of literature’s greatest writers! This event was inspired by a Twitter conversation that took place ten years ago between three founders of The Classics Club. The goal is to read as many of Jane Austen’s works (finished or unfinished) as you want or are able to, during … Continue reading For Your Summer (or Winter) Entertainment…