What We're Reading This Week
Are you a Janeite or a Wuthering Heights devotee? Personally, I love 19th-century British fiction. If I had to chose, I might pick Persuasion, my favorite Austen, over Jane Eyre, but it would vex me greatly, as one of her characters might say, to give up so much great literature.
This week, curl up with these choices inspired by classic works.
On Your Kindle
A Jane Austen Education, by William Deresiewicz
This is a fun, accessible memoir of the author's changing relationship to Austen during his college years. As a cynical, macho graduate student, he believed Austen work to be girly and unserious, but became intrigued after reading Emma. Learn about how Austen changed his life with this book.
On Your Smartphone
This site, created in honor of an adaptation of Eliot's novel, Daniel Deronda, examines her life as one of a few female authors in 19th-century England. Born Mary Ann Evans, Eliot wrote about then-taboo subjects and atypical characters, including Zionism, personal corruption, and sexuality, all themes of Deronda. Her own life was equally unconventional.
On a Podcast
This audio tour of historic London locations from The Guardian is part of a multipart audio series of features on the author of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and many others. If you don't have time for a trip to the British capital, listen in.
Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield
If you liked Setterfield's first novel, The Thirteenth Tale, as much as I did, you'll be excited to see her return with another unsettling gothic novel. This time, her protagonist makes a tragic mistake as a child—the killing of a rook—that comes back to haunt him as an adult. Definitely next on my to-read list!