Category Archives: Classics and/or Literature

The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde (1887)

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde My rating: 5 of 5 stars “The Canterville Ghost” is a joy to read. Oscar Wilde pokes fun at Americans and the British Aristocracy, as he spins the tale of the Canterville Ghost. Over … Continue reading

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The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde (1890)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde My rating: 3 of 5 stars Oscar Wilde was not a novelist by trade. He was a brilliant playwright and essayist, as well as a famous conversationalist and libertine. “The Picture of … Continue reading

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Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw (1913)

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Pygmalion” traces Professor Henry Higgins in his efforts to turn a street urchin flower seller into a lady, fit to pass in proper society. If this sounds familiar, “My … Continue reading

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Lysistrata, by Aristophanes (411 BCE)

Lysistrata by Aristophanes My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Lysistrata” tells the story of how a group of women ended a vicious civil war. They did this by refusing to have sex with their husbands until peace reigned throughout the … Continue reading

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This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)

This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 3 of 5 stars There’s no denying that F. Scott Fitzgerald was a gifted writer, even in the beginning. A lot of his problems lay in the thinly-veiled autobiographical nature … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare (1599)

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare My rating: 4 of 5 stars I read this, because it was the Ides of March. I have no real review except to say the following: First, it’s Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Second, when I read … Continue reading

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The Magician, by W. Somerset Maugham (1908)

The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham My rating: 3 of 5 stars “The Magician” is a captivating story. Margaret is engaged to Arthur, a well-off English surgeon. Margaret shares a Paris flat with Susie. One evening, they meet Oliver Haddo, … Continue reading

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Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (1860)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens My rating: 5 of 5 stars “More tears are shed from answered prayers than unanswered prayers.” Or something loke that. I think that was St Theresa. Garth Brooks had a song with a similar theme. … Continue reading

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Damn! (A Book of Calumny), by H.L. Mencken (1988)

Damn! by H.L. Mencken My rating: 4 of 5 stars H.L. Mencken wrote prolifically and fervently on many subjects. He was regarded as a leading scholar on Nietzsche, as well as being quite well-versed on classical music. Mostly, he was … Continue reading

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The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)

The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 4 of 5 stars “The Beautiful and Damned” is the perfect title for this novel, as well as for the author’s life with his wife Zelda. This is Fitzgerald’s … Continue reading

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