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Topic: 19th Century
Between worlds: Dominic Smith on <i>Bright and Distant Shores</i>

Between worlds: Dominic Smith on Bright and Distant Shores

Allen & Unwin, 9781742374161, 2011 (Aus paperback, ebook + US/Kindle) Bright and Distant Shores is hugely imaginative historical fiction. It’s set just before the dawn of the 20th century in Chicago and the South Pacific. Owen Graves is sent by Hale Gray, the president of Chicago First Equitable, to collect some ‘special items’ to display […]

20 classics in 2011 #5: <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i> by Oscar Wilde

20 classics in 2011 #5: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? I’d always heard Oscar Wilde was a wit, and the supernatural element of the story appealed to me. When was it published? It was first published in 1890, as an issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. A later […]

<i>Bookslut</i> review of <i>Wild Unrest</i>

Bookslut review of Wild Unrest

I’ve just done my first review for popular American online literary magazine Bookslut. The review is of Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (Aus, US, UK). I say: ‘Wild Unrest is refreshingly non-reductive, in that its author allows Gilman to be complex, to have a nature that […]