How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading too by Samantha Ellis

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By Samantha Ellis

Whereas debating literature’s maximum heroines together with her ally, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation—her complete lifestyles, she's been attempting to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights while she must have been attempting to be Jane Eyre.

With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective examine the literary ladies—the characters and the writers—whom she has enjoyed in view that youth. From early obsessions with the March sisters to her later idolization of Sylvia Plath, Ellis evaluates how her heroines stack up this day. And, simply as she excavates the tales of her favourite characters, Ellis additionally stocks a frank, frequently funny account of her personal lifestyles growing to be up in a tight-knit Iraqi Jewish neighborhood in London. right here a life-long reader explores how heroines form all our lives.

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12. As a postscript to his letter of 9 January, White attached his untitled poem about John Donne: Not sweet, this man: more he implacable: Non-reconciled to sugar of Shakspere Music of Mighty-lined Marlowe Combined of rare component, Supple, infrangible, prism-perception Of a vast world and of himself in it. Infra-ultra, this man metasensual; Dimensioned by mind, soul, body The Lovecraft Annual: 2007 57 [In margin, HPL has written:] Bound by four walls of coffins. All metal, verse of this man Don’t drag in scientific jarMercury of fluid love lyric gon.

7. Friedrich Heinrich Karl, freiherr de La Motte-Fouqué (1777–1843), Undine (1811). HPL had an edition with Sintram and His Companions and other works (LL 513). 8. The Arabian Nights Entertainments, selected by Andrew Lang (New York: Longmans, Green, 1898; LL 38), given to HPL by his mother on Christmas 1898. 9. By Lord Dunsany (LL 273). 10. HPL never read the final four novels of A Remembrance of Things Past. 11. Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901–1979), actress and author of several books of humor.

1 I have seen reviews—all favourable—of the work of Howell Vines,2 but have not yet read any of his books. I surely must repair this omission before long. Most of the vital writing in America seems to come from the South nowadays—a condition which I think will increase rather than decrease. A settled, homogeneous people has much to say & generally says it powerfully. I think you have Swinburne sized up about right. He tried to make a few inches go a long way—& really got by largely because of his matchless melody, & because of the fatuous Victorian notions from which he was luckily free.

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