Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Harvest (1936)


“I dare say old Red-head will be delighted. If there is one thing above another that pleases him it is an addition to the clan.” That’s Renny and, it’s true, his heart beats for Jalna, which is where the Whiteoaks are. But he has standards. He’s not about the

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Harvest (1936)2018-07-31T13:46:21-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Master of Jalna (1933)


Although following Finch’s Fortune directly, the fortune only recently received and dispensed, Master of Jalna was actually published more than twenty years before Finch’s Fortune. It’s easy to imagine why the author would have wanted to revisit the Whiteoaks before the events of Master of Jalna play out, to

Mazo de la Roche’s Master of Jalna (1933)2018-07-27T13:34:43-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Three Collections


In Susan Hill's Howard's End Is on the Landing, she quotes a friend who says "We read Margaret Drabble to feel the zeitgeist, our daughters read Helen Simpson." (Their daughters' daughters might be reading Janine Alyson Young or Alex Leslie or Rivka Galchen or Eufemia Fantetti.) In the first story

Quarterly Stories: Three Collections2019-03-20T14:34:52-05:00

Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)


Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) New Directions, 1946 My friend Margaret put me onto Nathanael West, which is ironic because it was by virtue of her not having recognized his name in a discussion of literary masterpieces; she was relieved that I hadn't heard of him either. Ignorance loves company, even

Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts (1933)2014-03-09T19:53:45-05:00
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