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Leading Ladies

Many readers find it easy to ignore early Romantic era novels under the pretenses that they, aside from boring, do little more than dress up the English gentility, take it to fancy balls, and marry it off. Salman Rushdie bemoaned … Continue reading

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Honoré de Balzac’s “Ursule Mirouët”

This rather small novel, regarded by Balzac himself to be his masterpiece when it was published in 1841 as apart of his La Comédie humaine (specifically, one of the two novels that made up the canon’s Scènes de la vie … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens’s “Hard Times”

“Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out nothing else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them” (9).  So reads the opening … Continue reading

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