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5.02.2016

Regency Man Monday: Charles LambCharl

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Charles Lamb (February 10, 1775 - December 27, 1834)

Charles Lamb was an English writer and essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb.

He also wrote a number of poems, and was part of a literary circle in England, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, whom he befriended. He has been referred to by E. V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as "the most lovable figure in English literature".

The Old Familiar Faces
BY CHARLES LAMB
I have had playmates, I have had companions,
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days,
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies,
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I loved a love once, fairest among women;
Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her —
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man;
Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

Ghost-like, I paced round the haunts of my childhood.
Earth seemed a desert I was bound to traverse,
Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
Why wert not thou born in my father's dwelling?
So might we talk of the old familiar faces —

How some they have died, and some they have left me,
And some are taken from me; all are departed;
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

Further Reading:

Charles Lamb - Wikipedia
Charles Lamb - Biography
Charles Lamb - Encyclopedia Britannica
Charles Lamb - The Charles Lamb Society
Charles Lamb - Poetry Foundation

4.25.2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? - Lizzy Bennet's Diary



Lizzy Bennet's Diary: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceTitle: Lizzy Bennet's Diary
Author: Marcia Williams
Publication Date:April 22, 2014
Date Added to List:April 14, 2014

Synopsis: When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal? Readers will have to read her diary to find out! Marcia Williams offers a lively introduction to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a highly illustrated scrapbook-diary format, featuring such novelties as foldout notes from sisters and suitors, an elegant bill of fare, and an invitation to the ball.

Review: After last week's Goodreads Monday, I decided to check out the book and give it a try.  I enjoyed the book. I thought it was appropriate for the age group it was written for and a good book for those who aren't quite ready for the actual text of Pride and Prejudice. The publisher recommends this book for children aged 8-12 and I do think that's the perfect age range for this book, but I think anyone picking up this book would enjoy it.

This book would be great as a book to read along with your child.  There are hand written notes that you open up as if Lizzy has attached them to the pages of her diary.  The handwriting is mostly cursive and can be a bit challenging to read. The artwork wasn't my favorite but might appeal to younger readers. 

I suggest picking up this book and giving it a quick flip through. It's a great format for the age group and a retelling. 

4.18.2016

Goodread's Monday: Lizzy Bennet's Diary

I went looking for some new memes to keep the blog fresh and new ideas coming. I found one called GoodReads Monday. You look back through your GoodReads To Be Read list and share the oldest book on there. I tend to mark nearly any Jane Austen related book as To Be Read so I'll be sharing some of them in hopes, I'll get myself to read it or interest you into reading a book you may have missed.


Lizzy Bennet's Diary: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceTitle: Lizzy Bennet's Diary
Author: Marcia Williams
Publication Date:April 22, 2014
Date Added to List:April 14, 2014


Synopsis: When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal? Readers will have to read her diary to find out! Marcia Williams offers a lively introduction to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in a highly illustrated scrapbook-diary format, featuring such novelties as foldout notes from sisters and suitors, an elegant bill of fare, and an invitation to the ball.

Why I Wanted to Read It:I was interested in the fact that it was "a highly illustrated scrapbook". Like other books on this list and that I've shared, I liked that it was an interesting take on P&P.