Bless all of you for commenting on yesterday's post. I was so irritated by work today that to find a couple of comments on a single entry in my inbox just perked me right up. There is a reason for living!
The Victorian Publishing and Mrs. Gaskell's Work is drier than I had thought it might be. Why do university press monographs always seem to suffer from such deadly seriousness? But here's an interesting quote from the Introduction:
Puts me in mind of the reader discussions that are currently on-going as to how J.K.Rowling will finish up the Harry Potter series, come July.
And from the closing pages of Armstrong's Short History of Myth:
And from the Introduction of Heart of Darkness for which JenClair evinces a great fondness, comes this quote from a letter written by Joseph Conrad himself,
Which explains to me why novels and myths are so closely tied together.
Lest you worry that you are reading too much or immersing yourself in frivolous forms of fiction, think of it instead as working out bits and parts of your spiritual self -- and we don't care whether it was published in serial "numbers" form or in books.
And I thought I'd let Mary know that I'm making progress through Mullen's How Novels Work. It's quite good and worth the time she said she needed to find in order to sink into it.