Friday, January 11, 2013
Turn of the Century Salon - Introduction
Welcome to my little corner of the Turn of the Century Salon hosted by Katherine @ November's Autumn. Her idea - You could say I hope it will be like a special club but one where everyone feels comfortable and happy and welcome to share their ideas, wanderings, and discoveries through Literature be you an expert or reading your first work that's been graced by that title: Classic.
During 2013 the Salon will be focusing on Classics written between the late 1880's - the early 1930's but our January posts are an introduction for which Katherine has provided some questions.
*What era have you mainly read? Georgian? Victorian? Which authors?
Mostly Victorians - the Brontes, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, Emile Zola
*What Classics have you read from the 1880s-1930s? What did you think of them?
I really enjoy reading Classics from this era. The later Victorians, Edwardian, WWI and the Bright Young Things - it's so diverse. Most recently I've read Thomas Hardy (love TH) , Edith Wharton, Bram Stoker, Jerome K. Jerome, A.A.Milne, E.M Forster , Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim.
And this month I've read Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett.
*Name some books you're looking forward to read for the salon
So much choice I really don't know but on my bookshelf I have..
The Odd Women by George Gissing
Mrs Ames & Queen Lucia by E.F.Benson
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
......but there are many more I also want to read and authors whose work I haven't tried so I'm not making any lists and will choose as I go along.
*Which authors do you hope to learn more about?
All of them! I love to learn about the authors lives through biographies and to read more of the social history and places they write about.
* Is your preference prose? poetry? both?