You do not need to be familiar with Barbara Pym's writing in order to love Felicity and Barbara Pym--but you will probably want to become familiar with it by the time you finish Harrison Solow's book. What Dr. Solow has done in this volume is demonstrate, through a series of letters written by a professor, Mallory Cooper, to her student, Felicity, the best of the educational process.
At every turn, Professor Cooper is passionate about her subject matter, displaying a dazzling knowledge of and reverence for history, language, and literature, as well as an impatience with myopic and self-serving views. A charismatic instructor, she needles, she criticizes, and challenges Felicity to dig into her subject matter, examine and appreciate its context. And, as she does, she deftly engages the reader in the same process, encouraging them to discover, or rediscover, why literature is so important.
Felicity and Barbara Pym is a hugely entertaining read and a great achievement--a must for anyone who loves books.
Causes Barbara Froman Supports
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