The Classics Club: what I got for The Classics Spin #26

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2020-2025

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The Classics Spin #26

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For this Classics spin #26, I got #11, which on my list was

History in English Words

I just finished reading George Saunders’ fantastic literary criticism book (A Swim in a Pond in the Rain) based on his class on Russian short stories, so I am really thrilled with this book that will help me linger more on words and the art of writing.

Owen Barfield‘s original and thought-provoking works over three-quarters of a century made him a legendary cult figure. History in English Words is his classic historical excursion through the English language. It was originally published in 1926.

This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of those who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words—whose derivation from other languages, whose history in use and changes of meaning—record and unlock the larger history.

About the Author:
Owen Barfield (1898-1997), British philosopher and critic, has been called the “First and Last Inkling” because of his influential and enduring role in the group known as the Oxford Inklings, which included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.
It was Barfield who first advanced the ideas about language, myth, and belief that became identified with the thought and art of the Inklings.
He is the author of numerous books, including Poetic DictionRomanticism Comes of AgeUnancestoral VoiceHistory, Guilt, and Habit; and Worlds Apart, as well as works of fiction and poetry. His history of the evolution of human consciousness, Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry, achieved a place in the list of the “100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century.””

Have you read it? What did you think?

It’s never too late to challenge yourself to (re)discover the classics and connect and have fun with other Classics lovers. See here what this is all about.

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Here is what I got for the previous Classics Spins:

A wizard of Earthsea Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Arsene Lupin

For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

The Face of Another A Moveable Feast The Dream of the Red Chamber

For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)

For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

For Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19: The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin

On the Edge of the World  Sanshiro The Sleepwalkers

For Classics Spin, #21, I got # 5: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov

For Classics Spin, #22, I got # 13: Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki

For Classics Spin, #24, I got # 18: The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch, which I didn’t take time to read!!

The Letter Killers Club

For Classics Spin, #25, I got # 14: The Letter Killers Club – which was way over my head.

 

 

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The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #26

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The Classics Spin #26

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before Sunday, April 18th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

On Sunday Aril 18, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by May 31, 2021.

Here are 20 titles I have selected from my 3rd list of 50 classics (I basically just chose the 20th oldest).
The Japanese titles are gone, because I read them all between January-March.
Six of the following titles are nonfiction.
Seven are mysteries.

1 Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767)
2 Xavier de Maistre Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
3 Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
4 Machado de Assi Dom Casmurro (1899)
5 Marcel Proust Days of Reading (1905)
6 Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten (1909)
7 A. A. Milne The Red House Mystery (1922)
8 Edna Ferber* So Big (1924)
9 Freeman Wills Crofts Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924)
10 Dorothy L. Sayers* Clouds of Witness (1926)
11 Owen Barfield History in English Words (1926)
12 Stefan Zweig Confusion (1927)
13 Josephine Tey* The Man in the Queue (1929)
14 Virginia Woolf* A Room of One’s Own (1929)
15 Edmund Wilson Axel’s Castle: A Study of the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930 (1931)
16 various authors The Floating Admiral (1931)
17 Hermann Broch The Sleepwalkers (1932)
18 George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London (1933)
19 Ngaio Marsh* A Man Lay Dead (1934)
20 Antal Szerb The Pendragon Legend (1934)

COME BACK ON MONDAY 19
TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?

MY FULL LIST IS HERE

 

Spotlight and giveaway: Madeleine

Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans

Wanda Maureen Miller
on Tour April 12-16
with
Madeleine:
Last French Casquette Bride In New Orleans
(historical fiction/romance)

Release date: April 1st, 2021
at Atmosphere Press

272 pages

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SYNOPSIS

In 1728, beautiful, resourceful Madeleine Boucher is one of the last in a group of poor young girls given modest dowries in trunks, or casquettes, by the French government—then shipped off to America, where they are intended as wives for the French settlers in the Louisiana Territory. Despite a series of romantic travails, Madeleine remains dedicated to finding passion and securing the promise of her new adopted land, free from prejudices of the past.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans_Wanda Maureen MillerWanda Maureen Miller (or Mo)
grew up on an Arkansas farm in the 1940s and 1950s,
got educated, moved to California, and taught college English.
She has published six books
—a historical romance, The French (1983);
three textbooks, Reading Faster and Understanding More, Books 1, 2, and 3 (5 editions, 1976 to 2001);
her slightly fictionalized memoir, Last Trip Home (2018);
and now Book 1: Madeleine, Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans.
Retired, she plays pickle-ball and is working on Book 2: Solange, Daughter of Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans.

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