Friday, December 01, 2006

Chrysalis in a comment on this post asked me a
question about English Literature. I am no great
expert on this genre, but I have always enjoyed
English writers. There is a steadiness and rooted-
ness that makes one feel at home. (And of course
they make me hungry for cucumber sandwiches and
tea with cream.)

Here is a list of English writers I have read and
truly enjoyed.

Rudyard Kipling (My veriest most favorite are
the Just So Stories...great read-
Charlotte Bronte (Dark and gloomy)
Emily Bronte (I'm ready to re-read Jane Eyre as soon
as I get to the last page)
Jane Austin (Who doesn't love the flow of conversation
in her books?)
Dorothy Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey is phenomenal, she
also wrote apologetics, but I've not
read any)
Miss Read (The penultimate in picturing village life)
Dame Agatha Christie (Mystery writer extraordinaire)
Charle Dickens (From Great Expectations to A Tale of
Two Cities he shines)
Shakespeare ('nuff said)
C.S. Lewis (I love both his fiction and non-fiction,
try out his Space Trilogy for a new twist)
J.R.R. Tolkein (I've been a fan of his for about 30 years,
it's a good thing I can't remember who I
lent the Silmarillion to, because I might
never have forgiven them for not giving it
George McDonald (His romances and his children's books are
A.A. Milne (I love his poetry books for children, as well
as the Winnie the Pooh books)
James Herriot (He has probably caused more people to become
veterinarians than anyone else)
G.K Chesterton (Mystery and apologetics)
Beatrix Potter (Silly rabbit!)
Edward Lear (Nonsense anyone?)
Lewis Carrol (Everybody needs a dose of Alice)
Robert Lewis Stevenson (Adventure, poetry, he does it all)
Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes to the rescue)
Baroness Orczy (The Scarlet Pimpernel...amazing story)
John Bunyan (Pilgrim's Progress)

I can't even begin to list them all; I see I've almost
totally negelected the poets: William Blake, Robert Burns,
Wordsworth, Shelly, Tennyson etc.

Here is a very comprehensive list of English Writers.


e-Mom said...

Daunting! I've read so many of these authors in the past... time for a re-read. Thanks, you're a wonderful homeschooling Mom! My favourite author is A.A. Milne. Do you know Milne's poem "The King's Breakfast?" Funny.

Now, how about a list of American classics? (Maybe next week... or next year!) Sorry to make you work so hard. :~)

So glad Gma Opal was able to help out in a pinch.


Laurie said...

e-mom, it was Opa (his paternal grandfather) that was able to come pick him up. But Grandma Opal is always my hero too!

Sarah (Mrs Blythe) said...

I love AA Milne, Jane Austen, and so many others wonderful books. I am putting together a list of books to aim to read in 2007 and I asked the question "what books would you consider a must read at least once in a lifetime?"

I am English and I must admit I haven't heard of Dorothy Sayers or Miss Read (how embarrasing, lol)! I would add George Elliot's wonderful books, Thomas Hardy, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and 'Volpone' by Ben Johnson....and many more!

Thanks for this list :)

Sarah (Mrs Blythe) said...

...sorry - I asked the question on my blog...

e-Mom said...

Ha! Thanks for clearing that up. I realized later that I might have gotten Opa and Opal confused! For the want of an "l!"

(How's this? As a child, we called my maternal grandfather "Bompa." The names must be related somehow.)

Laurie said...

Mrs. Blythe
I thought of Kenneth Graham when I was in the bath...but you beat me to it! I have T.S. Eliot on my shelf, but have never read more than snippets (blush). You have inspired me to conquer. I have only read snippets of Johnson also, though I know he is big, as is Thomas Hardy.

"Bompa" I love it!

Kent's parents wanted to be called Duke and Duchess by their grandkids (because they had a puppet ministry and had two puppets so-named), but the grandkids didn't catch on. Later, when Kent's brother was stationed in Germany "Opa" and "Oma" were natural nicknames for his (Kirk's) kids to begin to call their grandparents. The names stuck.