Comments: 6
Literary Ames 9 years ago
I loved The Bloody Chamber and the associated fairy tale retellings. I studied them and wrote a 3,000-word essay as a teenager at secondary school which earned me my first solid A-grade. I haven't read her other stuff though I did attempt The Passion of New Eve but it left me frustrated and confused and I never finished it.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
I've read two of her novels, Nights of the Circus and Wise Children, and I didn't like them near as much as her short stories. She's really just a master of the form. Her essays are interesting too -- there's an omnibus called Shaking a Leg which collects all or most of them.
Literary Ames 9 years ago
I think I'll try her other short stories then. Shaking a Leg looks good. Thanks for the rec.
You can blame Noah Webster for a lot of the differences in American spelling; he was very much pro-spelling reform, and produced the first "American dictionary," which was highly influential in the U.S.
Ceridwen 9 years ago
My bff since high school is a direct descendant of Noah Webster. Her brother's name is actually Noah Webster. True story!