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About meMy husband calls me a bookaholic, and it's true. They are piled all over the house at the moment. My first degree was theatre studies and I am currently studying law as I need to feel I'm learning something all the time; a day where I manage to read something interesting isn't wasted.
Update: Got the law degree and am now relishing essay-free weekends which I want to use to try and get down that 'not read yet' tag - however, as I'm also buying books at my usual rate it seems to stay pretty constant. My ghost story addiction is growing and I feel a need to read every ghost story written before 1950, so this and a sudden gardening urge are currently filling the study gap.
Further Update: The birth of Eloise Junior slowed my reading down to a crawl but the book buying still continues apace. I am catching up on my reading now, with ghost stories still my favourite (it will be a life long obsession I think) and I have a growing occult library that fascinates me. I'm also studying for an MA in Philosophy, so my philosophy collection is developing.

About my libraryI generally don't like to read fiction by an author who is still alive, although there are exceptions (Umberto Eco is one of my favourites). I usually tend to live somewhere between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when I'm reading. I buy books (old and new) obsessively but feel it is a waste to read them immediately; they have to sit on the bookshelf waiting for the right time. Therefore, my library of unread books is huge.

GroupsAll the World's a Stage, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, The Turk's Head

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Wendell Berry, Ambrose Bierce, James Boswell, Raymond Chandler, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Umberto Eco, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Dion Fortune, M. R. James, Sir Walter Scott, Laurence Sterne, Dennis Wheatley, P. G. Wodehouse (Shared favorites)


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Currently readingTHE PRIVATE LETTERS OF PRINCESS LIEVEN TO PRINCE METTERNICH 1820-1826. by Peter (edited by). Quennell
All the fun's in how you say a thing : an explanation of meter and versification by Timothy Steele
Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin
The Mammoth Book of Best Horror Comics (Mammoth Book of) (Mammoth Book of) by Peter Normanton

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Thank you for accepting my friends invitation. I hope my profile has given you new insights into Volney, Jefferson and Franco-US history. I'll be glad to answer any questions regarding Volney, his views or how to purchase his books. All Zee Best, TCW
Hello Eloise, I like that picture of the cat hiding under those beautiful hardcovers! I used to work with a cat who looked just like yours (a cat living at my workplace, yes). I appreciate the fact we share a number of Proust volumes.
Why God Made Little Girls
by Henry Alfred Dixon

God made the world with its towering trees,
Majestic mountains and restless seas.
Then stopped and said, "It needs one more thing,
Someone to laugh and dance and sing.
To walk in the woods and gather flowers,
To commune with nature in quiet hours."

So God created little girls.
With laughing eyes and bouncing curls.
With joyful hearts and infectious smiles,
Enchanting ways and feminine wiles.

And when He'd completed the task He'd begun,
He was pleased and proud of the job He'd done.
For the world when seen through a little girl's eyes,
Greatly resembles His own paradise.
I tend to prefer 19th cent. gothic also, but one recent
writer I find interesting is Dan Simmons. Not sure if sci-fi
would interest you, but I'd recommend "Hyperion", (4 vols.)
He's also written some horror and hard boiled thrillers.
It is a compulsion ;almost, although I have mentally prepared for a period of purchasing abstinence from New years day. (therefore - being the addict that I am, I had to buy these tonight....
....aren't they beautiful? lol The equivalent of one last hit of heroin before the lonely path ahead.....)
Hello Eloise

Just wanted to say hello, seeing that I have a few things in common with you; OU graduate (Philosophy for me), Sir Walter Scott fan and finally a member of that select club of human beings who buy more books than they can ever hope to read!


Dear Eloise,
Because you bought this book by Dahl, you went much higher in the list of members with my books. I do not desesperate seing you soon at the very top.
I hope your book contains the series called Switch Bitch, and especially The Big Switcheroo which is my favourite tale by Dahl. Tell me when you've read it!
Best wishes,
I'm fairly sure there was an MR James story that mentioned Swedenborg several times in passing...I can't remember which one, though, & I'm out of town so I can't check my copy. but the intro to my Antiquarian collection also talked about how he was impressed by LeFanu's style & subject matter.

oh, and I know you're in the UK so you might not have access to the same bookstores as here in the US...but I went to Barnes & Noble the other day & found a sensational Alcott omnibus edition: it's got a good collection of stories (four of which I've read in the other anthologies) & it's also got her later full-length Modern Mephistopheles novel. seems like a nice book.
Not at all, I'm glad you found some good suggestions. I love the cat photo on your profile!

I read "Green Tea" in the Glass Darkly collection; I'd forgotten there was Swedenborg stuff in it, though. I guess there's Swedenborg references in much of JSLeF's writing, yes? it's weird the themes that you can pick up if you're a lit geek--in this case, I was reading one of the MR James stories (I forget which, but it's in the Ghost Stories of an Antiquary collection) & the narrator said something about Swedenborg & I thought of LeFanu. actually, I could see a lot of LeFanu's influence in James. the best learn from the best, right? hehe.

I'm glad you enjoyed Zofloya. it's such a strange book--doesn't fit well into any category or era. I'd love to study more of Dacre's writing, but that's the only one of her novels in print or relatively affordable. (Valancourt Press has said they'd like to issue another of her novels in the next few years--have you found your way to Valancourt yet? if not then you must.)

no, I haven't read Melmoth yet. your summary sounds more interesting than the ones I read on amazon, so I'll have to look more closely. I haven't read Th Monk yet either.
are you studying Swedenborg as background to JS LeFanu or just as a general interest? I consulted the Swedenborgian info several times during Uncle Silas (the Penguin introduction), but I don't think I'm brave enough to read the source for himself.

I'm reading the Five Victorian Ghost Novels collection. right now it's "The Amber Witch." it's interesting--definitely has a Germanic flavour to the language, even when translated.

happy reading. :)

sometimes the 'perfectly good' heroines can be a bit annoying, but I don't usually mind them if they're a product of yesteryears. I've read several of the very early Gothic novels & those have the most perfectly-perfect heroines in the universe (at least most of the time), so the Victorian extremes are less obnoxious to me. I read Pamela for school & was so annoyed that I couldn't finish the thing. I don't like Richardson much at all. but speaking of imperfect heroines, have your read Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre? it's from the early 1800s & it's part female morality tale, part melodrama, part 'nature of Satan' sort of parable--but I loved it. (one thing that did annoy me was how the Broadview Press introduction kept comparing the novel to Sade. don't let that frighten you; there's no graphic sex like in his novels. blech. I don't like Sade either.)

I've only read one Ouida novel so far but I loved it. the characters were great--Victorian sensation at its finest. (I will warn you that her writing is dense with obscure references, so I'd definitely recommend an edition with footnotes.)


I know of four darker books by Louisa Alcott--two of them are novels & two are collections of short stories. of the collections I think A Marble Woman is the best; I haven't read the novels yet so I can't make a recommendation that way (ack, the To Be Read list never seems to get any shorter). but they're all more of the Sensational style, like Collins or Braddon.

I wish I had as many Collins novels as you do--I've got like five more on my wishlist, last time I checked. but the two I'm most keen to get right now are Poor Miss Finch and the Dover collection of his Tales of Terror. hopefully for christmas this year...if I can hold out that long. hehe. I have Armadale but I haven't read it yet--I've had it for almost two years now, which is far too long. I should try & get to that one sooner. *eyes the bookshelves*

Charlotte that the same as Mrs J.H. Riddell? she's in my collection of Victorian ghost novels (short novels, rather). are you reading the Oxford collection edited by Michael Cox? that's also on my amazon wishlist. *grin*

if you don't mind me asking, which books did I inspire you to find? :)

hi! always nice to meet another Wilkie Collins/Sheridan LeFanu fan. :) actually, I'm flattered that anyone in the wide world of LT has found my library & finds it interesting. I first started listing my books for a rainy-day amusement & now I'm utterly addicted to the site...but for some reason I didn't think other people would be poking through mine the same way I poked through theirs, if that makes sense. I suppose it's that way for lots of people around here. heheh.

I agree that the old-school ghost stories are better than the newer ones. it's the language, I think--it's wonderful to get lost in the long paragraphs & semi-colons. but judging by your reaction to Wicked (which I haven't read), it sounds like you don't appreciate over-sexed novels...? I agree that it's annoying. I love vampire stories, but I rarely read modern-written vampire novels because they're crammed with needless verbal porn. blargh. what did authors do before they had superfluous sex? oh yeah, they wrote good stories. hmm... *wicked grin*

ok, so I'm biased. I just love Victorian lit. ;)

a friend recently gave me a collection of MR James & I loved it. have you ever read any of Mary Braddon's ghost stories? how about Louisa May Alcott's darker short fiction?

Hello Helloise ;-)
I saw your name in the Turk's Head group. Although my English library on LT is very poor, I could see that we share a couple of books. We also share the fact that I don't either like to read fiction by an author who is still alive. And 17c.-19c. literature is really a whole world to be discovered.
I saw your comment on the Voyage to the Hebrides. Is it your Boswell favourite? I liked very much the London Journal. I've just finished the first part of the Life of Johnson, some passages of which I found interesting (but frankly some others really boring). Would you put the Voyage to the Hebrides on the top of these two other books?
Thanks for your reply.
unread books - yes, the same with me. Sometimes I believe I'm immortal. Or at least that I will have the capacity to read and absorb far into my living.
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