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The pleasure of re-reading

The pleasure of re-reading

Throughout the lockdown I have been thinking about the ways in which I spend my time; am I productive enough, what do I do to wind-down, do I wind-down enough, and how do I compare with others?

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Reading ‘doing its work’

Reading ‘doing its work’

At rare off-duty times during lockdown, two moments from novels have repeatedly come to mind. One is Arthur Clennam’s imprisonment in the Marshalsea towards the close of Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit: ‘None of us clearly know to whom or to what we are indebted … until some marked stop in the whirling wheel of life brings the right perception with it

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Spenser in the Lockdown: Means of Gladsome Solace?

Spenser in the Lockdown: Means of Gladsome Solace?

Lockdown reading takes many forms, from the rediscovery of the attractions of Jane Austen’s socially enclosed worlds, to the recognition of the predictive power of texts like Camus’s La Peste, or Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. As a specialist in Renaissance literature…

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A Little Gem

A Little Gem

As a collector of anything to do with writing and examples of printing, I was trying to update the catalogue of my collection and came across this little book, which I wondered may be of some interest.

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