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Werner | 764 comments By its very nature, the study of literature is very dependent on books --not only the novels and stories, plays, essays, poems, etc. that make up literature, but books about them and their authors. So it's no surprise that Easley Library has a LOT of books of this second type!

My own reading has concentrated much more on literature itself than on books about it; and again, the ones in the latter group that we have here and that I've actually reviewed are an even smaller subset. But there are a few! Three of these are textbooks I either studied from in my younger days, or used when Barb and I were homeschooling our girls: Adventures in English Literature. My review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/19418393 .

American Literature For Christian Schools. My review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/53830300 .

British Literature for Christian Schools. My review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/17437441 .

The fourth and final one on this short list is an older book (published in 1899), Some Principles of Literary Criticism by Caleb Thomas Winchester, which I heartily recommend despite its age. My review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/18947884 .

message 2: by Werner (last edited Oct 06, 2014 02:19PM) (new)

Werner | 764 comments Here's a link to my review of an excellent resource Easley Library has for learning more about the history of science fiction, Explorers of the Infinite: Shapers of Science Fiction: www.goodreads.com/review/show/17337259 . Of course, my reading and reviews have barely scratched the surface of the riches we offer for the serious study of all kinds of literature!

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Werner | 764 comments Themes in Literature is another high school literature textbook I used when Barb and I were homeschooling. It's designed for the 10th grade introduction to literature appreciation, and could also serve well just as a general anthology of good literature. Here's my newly-posted review: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1121396189 .

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Werner | 764 comments I've just finished reviewing another of our many books about literature, A Casebook on Henry James's The Turn of The Screw . This turned out to be a much more interesting and informative read for me than I expected it to be! My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... .

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Werner | 764 comments Wanting a short read while waiting to start a common read next month in another group, and also wanting to work in a nonfiction read this year, I recently opted for a title that had been on my to-read shelf a long time: Supernatural Horror in Literature by H.P. Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft. While I didn't wind up rating it as highly as some of my friends did, I'm glad to have read it; and here's my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... .

message 6: by Werner (last edited Nov 27, 2017 05:01PM) (new)

Werner | 764 comments The two volumes of The American Tradition in Literature that we have on our shelves are not exactly the same edition as the two that I read, back in the early 70s; but I thought the fit was close enough to warrant linking to my review, here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... .

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Werner | 764 comments C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors; I've read a good many of his writings, though by no means all of them. But most of them were read before I ever discovered Goodreads, so there aren't many of them, relatively speaking, that I've reviewed here. Eventually, I'd like to remedy that; it's a long, slow process, but I took another step in it yesterday with my review of the small but significant collection Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories, here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... . (Excuse the cross-posting; because of its varied content, this collection fits into a couple of our threads!)

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Werner | 764 comments We recently added a (very good) book I'd read and reviewed earlier to our collection: Blood and Thunder The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, by Mark Finn. My five-star review is at this link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... . IMO, Howard is a writer whose literary genius has never been properly recognized by the critical establishment.

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