Isobel English’s Every Eye (1956)


Isobel English’s Every Eye (1956) Persephone Number 18 Persephone Books, 2000 Cynthia has died. We learn that in the first sentence of Every Eye. From Hatty. Who is telling her story from the perspective of her middle years. Hatty is freshly married and Cynthia has freshly died. Both events have

Isobel English’s Every Eye (1956)2014-03-10T20:54:20-05:00

Nicola Beauman’s A Very Great Profession (1983)


Nicola Beauman's A Very Great Profession: The Woman's Novel 1914-39 (1983) Virago, 1984. Persephone No. 78, 2008. I'm certain that I've said this before, but this is one of my favourite kinds of books about books. Nicola Beauman's A Very Great Profession is obviously written out of a passion for

Nicola Beauman’s A Very Great Profession (1983)2014-03-09T17:19:34-05:00

Monica Dickens’ Mariana (1940)


Monica Dickens' Mariana Penguin, 1961 (1940); Persephone Books, 1999 Persephone No. 2 Monica Dickens is an author I thought of as a children's author first; I read her World's End books and Follyfoot stories as a girl, repeatedly. Not as compulsively as I read and re-read other stories, and I

Monica Dickens’ Mariana (1940)2020-05-21T16:16:18-05:00

Cicely Hamilton’s William (1919)


Cicely Hamilton's William: An Englishman Persephone No. 1 (1919) Persephone Books, 1999 When I finish my current Persephone read, Monica Dickens' Mariana, I'll have read one-fifth of their books, but it was the announcement of their Forum's launch that took me to the first of their publications. My orderly nature

Cicely Hamilton’s William (1919)2014-03-09T15:51:46-05:00

Persephone Reading Week, In Wartime (7)


Duff Cooper's Operation Heartbreak Persephone No. 51 (1950) When it comes to articulating how I choose the Persephones that I read, I tend to think that it's simultaneously an exhaustive and amorphous plan: I want to read all-things-Persephone, s-o-m-e-d-a-y. But, in fact, I do have an unspoken ranking system and

Persephone Reading Week, In Wartime (7)2014-03-09T14:01:32-05:00
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