Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett My rating: 4 of 5 stars One recurring theme of my reviews is that classic literary works often defy or exceed their traditional historical categorizations. The -isms of literary history are a necessary organizing system: they help us to locate books in time and context … Continue reading Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs

Virgil, The Eclogues

The Eclogues of Virgil: A Bilingual Edition by Virgil My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this, mistakenly, because of Willa Cather; it wasn't until I brought it all the way home from the library that I checked again and saw that she was quoting not the Eclogues but the Georgics in My Ántonia. … Continue reading Virgil, The Eclogues

Willa Cather, My Ántonia

My Antonia by Willa Cather My rating: 4 of 5 stars Willa Cather's 1918 novel, My Ántonia, places itself in the history of world literature about two-thirds of the way through, when its narrator, Jim Burden, goes to college and contemplates the career of Virgil: After he had faced the bitter fact that he was … Continue reading Willa Cather, My Ántonia