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Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
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Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick
" Tonight I randomly Googled Sam Ringgold of Mexican War fame and saw that his brother, a future admiral, was a part of this expedition - some of whose ...more "
Sea of Glory by Nathaniel Philbrick
"When I was in college, I became very good friends with a German guy from Stuttgart named Tobias. He was six-foot-eight, spoke perfect English, and had been a model. We made for an odd sight on campus, since I am not six-foot-eight and am not a Eur..." Read more of this review »
Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
"This review originally appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.

Paris 1919 focuses on the peace conference that took place at the end of the First World War (known as the Great War, then, since they mercifully didn’t know yet that it would..." Read more of this review »
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Masters and Servants by Pierre Michon
"I'm kind of at a loss for how to describe this. It's 5 portraits of various painters, some of them famous, some of them the disciples of the famous. Each one is told from a beguiling outside perspective, sometimes by a famous subject (the weirdly..." Read more of this review »
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“I walk in bliss through flowerbeds
of broken urns, and glorify
thy flight, O Saturn, over us
along the empty starry sky.”
Vladislav Khodasevich
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Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey
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Studies in Henry James by R.P. Blackmur
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Henry James' Midnight Song by Carol de Chellis Hill
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Vladislav Khodasevich
“I walk in bliss through flowerbeds
of broken urns, and glorify
thy flight, O Saturn, over us
along the empty starry sky.”
Vladislav Khodasevich

Edmund Wilson
“[Northerners] took over the Southern myth and themselves began to revel in it. This acceptance was to culminate in Gone With the Wind, the enormous success of which novel makes a curious counterbalance to that of Uncle Tom's Cabin. But it began in the Century of the eighties with the stories of Thomas Nelson Page. Though Page had been only twelve at the end of the Civil War, so had had little experience of the old regime, he really invented for the popular mind Old Massa and Mistis and Meh Lady, with their dusky-skinned adoring retainers. The Northerners, after the shedding of so much blood, illogically found it soothing to be told that slavery had not been so bad, that the Negroes were a lovable but simple race, whose business was to work for whites. And Page also struck in his stories a note of reconciliation that everybody wanted to hear: he cooked up romances between young Northern officers, as gentlemanly as any Southerner, and spirited plantation beauties who might turn out to be the young men's cousins and who in any case would marry them after the war.”
Edmund Wilson

Pierre Michon
The Eleven is not a painting of History, it is History. Perhaps what Michelet saw at the end of the Flore pavilion was History in person, in eleven persons - in terror, because History is pure terror. And that terror attracts us like a magnet. Because we are men, Sir; and because men high and low, scholars and beggars, passionately love History, that is, the terrors and the massacres; they hasten from afar to contemplate them, the terrors and the massacres, under the pretext of deploring them, even of rectifying them, so they claim, the good creatures...”
Pierre Michon

Vladimir Nabokov
“10 / Sgoráya négoy i toskóy : Both nouns belong to the vaguely evocative type of romantic locution so frequent in Eugene Onegin and so difficult to render by exact English words. Nega ranges from “mollitude” (Fr. mollesse) , i.e., soft luxuriance, “dulcitude,” through various shades of amorous pensiveness, douce paresse, and sensual tenderness to outright voluptuousness (Fr. volupté). The translator has to be careful here not to overdo in English what Pushkin is on the point of doing in the Russian when he makes his maiden burn with all the French languors of flesh and fancy.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Eugene Onegin, Vol. II

Gottfried Benn
“What gave these peoples the right to lead all others? This was what I wondered. What had they to show in that respect? What spiritual image of man had they evolved, to what depths of being and to what external outlines had they worked out the human ideal? Where did their most unearthly, their purest, minds stand? To what coldness of judgment, to what severity of moral decision had their masses attained under their imperial leaders? Recently they talked much of their history. But there was greatness that had no history. Asia had no history. The decline of the Greeks began in the century when Herodotus appeared. They also pointed to their masterhood – master race – all right then, who were these masters?”
Gottfried Benn

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