Category: Reading

Essays and articles on reading.

Why read The Odyssey? Deborah Stokol makes a compelling case for beauty and cultural literacy.

Why Read The Odyssey?

A Letter to Students  Why We Read The Odyssey Tuesday, March 9, 2010 By Deborah Stokol I’ve been full-time substitute teaching English at Harvard-Westlake, my Alma mater, for six weeks now, lecturing on The...

A handful of the greatest books forms the core of a quality home library.

A Reading List from 1910

This 1910 reading list first appeared in How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin. Beginning with the greatest works of all time, he offers a reading list of great books and poetry that...

Fairy Tales Essay by G. K. Chesterton

Fairy Tales Essay by G. K. Chesterton

Fairy Tales an essay by G. K. Chesterton Some solemn and superficial people (for nearly all very superficial people are solemn) have declared that the fairy-tales are immoral; they base this upon some accidental...

Brontë Resources Index

Brontë Resources Index

The Brontë sisters read widely, wrote passionately, and created enduring works drawn from their surroundings and imagination. Explore their writings and their world through the resources below. Charlotte Brontë Emily Brontë Brontë Sisters Context...

Literary Friendships in Images

Literary Friendships in Images

It’s fascinating to see how different writers interacted with each other. Enjoy these great photos! Here below are T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc, and G. K. Chesterton.    

G K Chesterton Quotes

G K Chesterton Quotes

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), a prolific English writer, was master of many literary forms including essays, poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. His published writings include history, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, philosophy, and fiction,...

G. K. Chesterton, as photographed by E. H. Mills.

G. K. Chesterton Resources Index

Chesterton, that “Colossal Genius” Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936), popularly known as G. K. Chesterton, was a prolific British writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. His published writings also include...

On Fairy Stories: An Essay by Tolkien

On Fairy Stories: An Essay by Tolkien

Reading Fairy Stories with J. R. Tolkien In “On Fairy Stories,” J. R. R. Tolkien explores the realm of Faerie, and considers “What are fairy-stories? What is their origin? What is the use of them?”...

The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton

The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton

Many writers have risen to the defense of classic fairy tales, but few so eloquently as Gilbert Keith Chesterton. This essay was originally published in 1909 in his essay collection, Tremendous Trifles, which you will...