I first became familiar with Flannery O'Conner through her direct, uncomplicated tone in the non-fiction excerpt above -- what tone would better suit such prophetic words?
By Carol Starkey Many people are familiar with C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. I remember the first time I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and being transported to a magical land through a wardrobe. In college, I encountered more of his works like the Space Trilogy and Till We Have Faces.... Continue Reading →
By Rachel Kovaciny Please note: This article will discuss the book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, not the 2018 film based on the book. I love stories that involve World War Two. All my friends know this. Ten years ago, one friend recommended I read a book with a really long, strange title: The... Continue Reading →
By Veronica Leigh Friendships are often born in the unlikeliest of places. How they endure the test of time is another matter entirely. For Charlotte Brontë and Ellen Nussey, their friendship lasted for over two decades. They often relied on letters to cope with their distance from one another. Charlotte Brontë, future author of Jane... Continue Reading →
By Charity Bishop I wonder what Marie Antoinette thought, the first time she cracked open her brand new copy of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the most scandalous novel in France. She even had it bound in black without a title so no one would know she was reading it! No doubt she devoured it, discussed it... Continue Reading →
By Rachel Sexton While all the various types of art—music, painting, literature—reflect the culture which created them, the novel is the medium that, by virtue of its form, has the most depth to be a substantive representation. Authors using a contemporaneous setting can show successive generations of readers the inner life of the society around them.... Continue Reading →
by Jessica Prescott “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Sometimes we forget that “friends” bit, don’t we? In storytelling, at least, we seem to forget it. So often, romantic lovers make the sacrifice play “because I love you,” because you’re my one and only, because... Continue Reading →
By Eva-Joy Schonhaar “We’re all we’ve got left. We ought to be able to stick together against everything. If we don’t have each other, we don’t have anything.” -The Outsiders, chapter 12 When S.E. Hinton published her debut novel, The Outsiders, in 1967, it shocked readers everywhere. Until that point there had been few realistic YA... Continue Reading →