Updated 2/7/06
n The Beginning...
As an English major in college, I spent a great deal of time reading, mostly classics. Since my youth, I've enjoyed reading. Maybe I'm into escapism, maybe I just like a good story, maybe television isn't interesting and entertaining enuf to keep my attention for more than a few seconds. Whatever the reason, one of my main pleasures in life is reading a good story (and watching a good movie, but that's another story and another page ;). I had the greatest time with Medieval literature. We learned to speak Middle English in order to read the Canterbury Tales, we traced the development of the Arthur legend from his first mention on paper to Mallory's Le Morte d'Arthur, we read about the saints' lives and morality plays, learned about the French influence on British literature of the time. It was wonderful!

Most of the links below go to online versions of the work mentioned. When this is not the case, I will note it. By perusing the authors, works, and other interesting things below, you will find that you know more about me than you have ever wished to .. Proceed at your own risk! }grin{

Classics essential to every young liberal arts student.
(Works I have read during my travels)
British Literature, not in any particular order
Geoffrey Chaucer
William Shakespeare
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness Click on I
The Brothers Grimm Grimm's Fairy Tales
Lewis Carroll
Collections The Luminarium Excellent resource for all things relating to Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century English writings
American Literature, not in any particular order
Edgar Allen Poe Links are courtesy of Nevermore's EAP site that includes the complete online works of EAP.
Nathaniel Hawthorne Links are courtesy of Eric Eldred's Nathaniel Hawthorne site
Herman Melville
Pleasure reading to fill the spaces in between the heavier stuff.
Stephen King Gunslinger series, The Stand, The Dead Zone, The Shining, Firestarter, Tommyknockers, 'Salem's Lot, Four Past Midnight, Bachman Books, The Talisman(w/ Peter Straub), Rose Madder
Robert Jordan
Robert R. McCammon
  • Swan Song
  • Boy's Life
  • Stinger
  • Blue World
Edgar Rice BurroughsBarsoom series:
Douglas Adams
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(1)
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe(2)
  • Life, the Universe, and Everything(3)
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish(4)
  • Mostly Harmless(5)
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency(1)
  • The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul(2)
  • The Deeper Meaning of Liff/a Dictionary of Things That There Aren't Any Words for Yet but Ought to Be
Ray Bradbury Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles
Orson Scott Card Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Lost Boys, Seventh Son, Red Prophet
?? Echo Round My Bones
Fredrik Pohl The Coming of the Quantum Cats, Stopping at Slow Year
David Brin Startide Rising
Literature & Purchasing Books Online

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