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Nov.01.2013
"'Arthur’s Education Fund' is Virginia Woolf’s euphemism for the oppression of women over the centuries, representing in its generic title the habit of salting away every ounce of energy and money for a boy’s future without the merest scrap of concern about that of his sister. Arthur, at least will...
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Aug.09.2013
Surprised and delighted that Julie (Jules) Jacob’s review of Felicity & Barbara Pym was chosen by Red Room as the Review of the Week. It’s a lovely review  - I'm a big fan of Jules' thinking and writing - and I’m grateful. The review, titled "Tuition-Free Tour de Force" appears on Julie...
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Jun.25.2013
I said once that "There is no benison in the world - no love, no measure of fame or fortune, no bliss, no rapture, that can equal simply being understood."  When I wrote it to (and in reference to) my soulfriend and Confessor, I was referring to the inner psyche - too often the source of...
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Jun.06.2013
Barbara Pym Reading Week started last Sunday. Coincidently, a new review of Felicity & Barbara Pym was posted on amazon.com Thanks to the Red Room's estimable Jules Jacob for this generous review" http://amzn.to/1b97lA1
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Jun.04.2013
Felicity & Barbara Pym This short piece was published in Green Leaves, the semi-annual publication of the Barbara Pym Society. The request was to write about the origins of my engagement with Barbara Pym’s work and the reason for writing Felicity & Barbara Pym. The text below is a slightly...
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Jun.03.2013
"Well, of course the women are burdened ― this is what the novels are about ― but their burdens are real ones: A distressing sense of inadequacy, frailty, guilt or debilitating loneliness. Serious burdens held within the heart, rather than those carefully constructed ones, handsomely displayed for...
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May.06.2013
Red Room "Create Your Own Book Awards" Creative Blog Challenge Felicity & Barbara Pym Receives the Royal English Literature Award! It gives me great pleasure to announce to you that the Royal English Literature Award for the most impeccable Mandatory English Literature Text for 2012 is to be...
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May.02.2012
Dear Felicity, I don’t think I am particularly harsh. On the contrary, I feel a great and benevolent responsibility toward you. I want you to do well. And you don’t need me to bolster your self-esteem ― this is nonsense. All you have to do to get the ‘emotional support’ you say (but do not mean)...
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Nov.14.2011
Why do we read Jane Eyre? Because we are still interested in the issues raised in her story: Patriarchy, morality, anger, justice, religion. The need to be loved versus the need to do the right thing for oneself, whatever that right thing is seen to be. The need to create legislature that is...
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Nov.04.2011
“I Wish You to Read Literature” (Page 26)   Felicity & Barbara Pym by Harrison Solow   Dear Red Room,   I’m certainly happy that this is not a book review because it is something that I’m not quite academically prepared to do at this time.  However, I am only too happy to...