All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.
Girl reading. “Beneath the Lilies” from ‘Under the Window.’ Kate Greenaway, author and illustrator. George Routledge & Sons, London, 1878.
Though Greenaway gained considerable notoriety doing illustrations for other authors’ works, she also longed to write her own book. In 1879, Greenaway made her debut as an author with Under the Window. Like her illustrations, Greenaway’s verses were simple, elegant, and charming.
I’m not good at experiencing changes in my life. Intellectually, I want things to change; emotionally conservative, I find changes painful. I want to catch time in its tracks, fix the state of flux, make an experience mine to keep, exercise some control on the world. Taking photographs fulfills some of these desires. Sometimes I’m in a real conflict over whether to experience an event in my life or to concentrate on recording it.
Celebrate KM’s birthday by reading her stories for free
Happy 125th Birthday to Katherine Mansfield (14 October 1888 - 9 January 1923)
The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.
I used to build dreams about you.
Congratulations to Alice Munro — awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.
I am made for autumn. Summer and I have a fickle relationship, but everything about autumn is perfect to me. Wooly jumpers, Wellington boot, scarves, thin first, then thick, socks. The low slanting light, the crisp mornings, the chill in my fingers, those last warm sunny days before the rain and the wind. Her moody hues and subdued palate punctuated every now and again by a brilliant orange, scarlet or copper goodbye. She is my true love.