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“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 share the wondrous read of Harrison Solow's Felicity & Barbara Pym with you, just in case you haven’t heard. 


I have not attended any universities in “such a respectable institution..." (Page 13) prior to attending Red Room. For one,  it is a university for talented accomplished authors, and two;  it is my first introduction to the finest literature 'ever', as you have well known.  And not much has been accentuated with my writing skills, other than my voluminous reading, which brought me to Felicity & Barbara Pym in the first place.  Actually, this is my first English literature course that captured my heart since I was devoutly struck in 1977, in search to enlighten my aching spirit.  And, God forbids that I’d take another pathway!  While all along in disguise, as Felicity & Barbara Pym unveiled all of this to me; we’re on the same path.  And precisely why, I have strong emotions with all the letters.  I found myself in every one of them - inside and outside! I want to be sensible and write this proper; without 'any differences with my absorption and passion with the Bible or any other valuable and worthy text books, which most other students claim having a greater challenge in keeping their attention, so I heard.  I’ve never been able to keep my attention (for very long) in reading or writing anything else other than those, due to my “narrowness, which is the frequent prerogative of the creative artist" (So, I've learned.). “He has to have a wide outlook, or he has nothing at all… "(Page 36).


“I am of course delighted to be…” (Page 40) writing with you in the Red Room, and because I am a student in your university; I have the blessed opportunity to learn all about Felicity & Barbara Pym: It all started with her blog post that drew my heart, which I actually thought that I may have written about these same things before?  It was then when I learned all about Harrison Solow’s unique, brilliant, delightful, and beautiful, well cultured works in English literature that has captured me today.  Far too many years have gone by, and I finally found the 'love to read'  English Literature.


And by the way, I also read that Mallory Cooper didn’t mean to be rude, but wasn’t interested in Felicity’s experiences with self-help workshops, having; “hundreds of her own friends who entered this fuzzy world of love, peace, ohm and grass, New Age Indian- Chinese, anything-but-European introspection vortex thirty-something years to ‘deal with their pain’ and approach their problems, hoping every day to emerge with the joy of having experienced a white light or the perfect moment. They still have all those problems and more!” (Page 103) 


I understand.




Dr. Harrison Solow’s post: http://redroom.com/member/harrison-solow/blog/respecting-all-forms-of-knowledge-and-expertise

And, this is my response below:  Found!

Dear Dr. Harrison,

I am very grateful for all your work. We have found you! Please, let me explain ‘why’ I have the courage even to write you:



 I am overwhelmed to these things that you have expert knowledge and exceptional English literary skills, (while I haven't been to universities) and yet, somewhat similar minds.

Thank you very much!

 An answered prayer :-)



And, Dr. Harrison Solow’s response to me below:


“Having read your excellent blog post, I see that we seem to be in complete agreement here. How interesting - and how rare!  I was very pleased to see this beautifully delineated philosophy somewhere other than in my own head. The minute we begin respecting trades and skills of all kinds is the minute we free people to be who they are and the minute that universities - at least in the Humanities and Liberal Arts can return to excellence of their own. Thank you for your own wonderful post and for commenting here.” ~Harrison

Wow!  I thought how can it be that someone (that I fall so far behind) think the same as me? And from that day on, I followed every post, which led me to Felicity & Barbara Pym, and my ‘first and favorite book' in English literature that I found in Red Room University.   

“I wish you to read literature.”... (Page 26)   

And you most certainly and cleverly have, Dr. Harrison Solow.:-)

Thank you. ( I hope that Red Room University doesn't think of me, but rather silly!)




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I like that name, Catherine!

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And write "to" this love...

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Hi Sue,


I love it, as well.


It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be among the finest authors and writers from all over the world. What’s especially ‘heartfelt’ is Red Room University acceptance of me?


Since I read so many blog posts; I have found ‘most’ authors, and members have attended universities, or have some form of education in writing classes, etc.  As much as I absorb the diverse categories of reading in Red Room; I had a narrow focus on reading ‘only’ self-help/ inspirational/ religious genres; and without the drive to pursue an education in literature, which has shown through (a lot of the times.)  It was all for the reason and the time that was allotted to pursue these things, which were all taken up with my passion in reading, ‘in order to survive.’  And truly what Imprinted Wisdom is all about.  So, in a round-about  way, literature has always been my life-long passion as well!


And probably, after reading and resonating with Harrison Solow’s Felicity & Barbara Pym; another veil was lifted from my eyes:  The pleasure of reading fine literature; and learn more how to write ‘to’ this love with my heart, only.





Thank you for reading. I truly appreciate being in this classroom (as a student) with you. :-)

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Dear Red Room,


‘Confidentially,’ in our last correspondence; I hoped that Red Room didn’t think of me rather silly. When it is truly everything I hoped to be in your University - having recently been informed in the latest letters of Harrison Solow’s Felicity & Barbara Pym, quote; Mallory Cooper:


“The Old English meaning of silly, which you will find still in common use in Elizabethan literature, is 'happy’.  And I meant to use the word in two ways”…


            “However, in the England in which I lived years ago in Pym’s England, that silliness ensures that whatever is worth all this trouble (to them) remains safe – a town, a land, a people, a civilization- a microcosm. To incorporate American methods or characteristics (aggressiveness, innovation, practicality, and improvement) into the world, however admirably they operate in ours, is a mistake, on a local scale, anyway. In this, the English are – well, English. I think they should be left alone, as should all cultures, to live their lives the way they choose. This is why, in reading Barbara Pym whose observations of her own era, culture and class are as keen as though she were not an integral part of it, our world is expanded, not narrowed, as many people think. It might as well be another planet, one whose vices (if that is not too strong a word) are initially more apparent than its virtues, as you have come to see. I know this is not a full answer to your question. But this is much too long now – and tea deserves more attention. Let me continue tomorrow, when I have finished our screenings" (Page 134). 



Actually, my opening letter to you is coming from the American meaning of happy that I’m quite familiar with from my era, culture, and class.  While, how much more to incorporate them in Red Room to remain safe, by: extracting from within, and expounding on rare souls belonging to both - in the most eloquent literature woven through-out our Universities - where I am learning my best lessons.  I wish to always have tea in conversations and participate in your classroom, (authentically) until graduation, and after graduation, and even after that…


“You have already known that assumptions are destructive: that something is always happening when it appears not to be and that everything is part of something else. In the creation of one’s future, that’s about the best lesson anyone can learn" (Page 168).


Since I am an apprentice; it is not my place to imagine knowing all of this, as your University points them out to me.  However, after my exploration; I observed flawless wisdom of the elevated soul woven through-out Felicity & Barbara Pym - as the most important and valuable requirement that is necessary, to keep me in your classroom.  And to learn more and more how to write.


Furthermore, yes, I have come to the age to know some things by now.  Felicity & Barbara Pym is highly recommended for new and retired students of life classrooms, as well.


“Why read literature and why read Barbara Pym? - To find out on which side of these pages we belong?  Some will belong to those who respond to those pages, and some will belong to those created them. A few rare souls belong to both" (Pages 167-168).