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About meI was born in the ice age. I taught high school English in the Chicago public schools and, in a effort to escape, I also wrote bodice rippers in the 1980's.

After four books, I realized I could make more money bagging at the local supermarket as a second job, so I stopped writing professionally. I'm a decent writer, but not a driven writer, and I had to force myself to sit at the typewriter after school. I realized that I would much rather read than write.

After a bout with breast cancer (15 years cancer free!!!), I decided to take early retirement from teaching.

My husband took me to London for the first time in 1968. He figured he would shut me up because all I talked about the first year we were married was going to England. London in 1968! WOW! We stayed at Hadden Hall B and B, right around the corner from the British Museum for 3.50 pounds, including full, English breakfast. We saw Vanessa Redgrave live at the Shaw Theatre for one pound and then saw her film Mary Queen of Scots for 1.50 pounds! Our first Shakespeare was the RSC's Much Ado About Nothing with Alan Howard and Janet Suzman. Helen Mirran played Hero and two minor actors named Patrick Steward and Ben Kingsley played
Conrad and Borachio.

We both fell in love with England and have been back about 30 times. In 1987 I got an NEH grant to study with the RSC in Stratford for the summer. And so we fell in love with the Cotswolds and Stratford. If we go to Stratford for more than a month we rent a flat on Avenue or in Welford-on-Avon. If we go for a shorter time we impose on our friends on Bull Street in Stratford or in Loxley.

We are native Chicagoans who had short stays in New Mexico and Virginia. As far as NM is concerned, you either love the desert or you hate it. There is no middle ground. We did not fall into the love category. Williamsburg VA is breathtaking. I urge anyone who can, to visit. The spring is a magic kingdom. Every twig in the woods seems to sprout flowers.

We moved back to Chicago in the spring of 2005 and have a condo on Lake Shore Drive by Navy Pier. On July 3, 2005, I was in Millenium Park and the orchestra was rehearsing the Independence Day program so I sat down to listen. Part of the program was Copeland's A Lincoln Portrait. Our recented elected junior senator was reading Lincoln's words to me and about five other people in the audience. At the end of the rehearsal he asked the six of us if he came across okay. So I was able to tell Barak Obama that he had great stage presence!

About my libraryAt one time I had over 10,000 books. I am a compulsive list maker and if I liked an author I had to have every book by said author. So I had every Agatha Christie, Patricia Allingham, J. J. Marric, Charles Dickens, Barbara Tuchman.

After moving four times, I have cut the down to probably 2000 books. (Ha! It is growing again!) I have a bookcase of medieval history; one of British history from the Conquest to the present; one of Roman history; s bookcase of Bloomsbury authors; lots of art and folklore books.

My fiction library is pretty much literature as opposed to pop fiction. If I want to read a best seller (Drood, for example) I now get it from the library. I used to devour mysteries like popcorn, but that part of my reading life seems to have ended and I now concentrate on the classics like Austen, Dickens, James, Waugh, Huxley etc. I stopped reading Twain but cannot yet part with my collection of his books. I joined Library Thing because of my interest (obsession?) with the green covered Virago Modern Classics.

Last year I decided to read or reread all the Pulitzer Prize novels and completed the first 20 award winners. Unfortunately, so many of them were really lousey that I have slowed down my goal. My next read on the list is Grapes of Wrath. This will be a very good reread.

I don't ever plan to die. There are too many books to read to leave this life.

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The book arrived today in very fine condition. Thank you! And for the key chain! It is just beautiful and I will be using it. Plus thank you for the book marks. I think now I have them all but, alas, not all the books. Once again many thanks!!!

We are also away from Monday for 3 days. Alas, not London. Have a wonderful time. Hope the weather holds for you :)

Much love

Well how unprofessional! I actually bought The Sack of Bath for some ridiculously cheap price like $3 as part of its promotion on BD. We are off to the Hudson River Valley for 3 days in August. West Point for the man and scenery for me. Oh and gifte shoppes for me too. In the mean time I am power washing and staining the deck.

Whatever they are up to, it is very bad for business. I mean, you don't just close a shop to go on hols if you want to make a profit, right? Wilfred and Eileen and the Ginzburg look good. Let me know how they read.

Much love

"Oh, if you have not Read Julian Grenfel, please do so. It shows how one woman, Julian's mother, typified all those deluded women who gloried in their sons' deaths."

This comment immediately brought to my mind the movie Gone With the Wind where Aunt Pitty Pat says: ".......For the great and glorious cause."

Some son's mothers....
Okey dokey sweet pea!
gentle hugs,
I got your three Dials today. Thank you so so much!
Thank you ever so much!
Okay Elaine. I will throw it up on pbs then.
Thanks for getting back with me dear lady.
Talk to you soon.
(have not had); screwy belva, getting ahead of herself once again......
Oh that's funny! I'll go accept it now.
Yes I do Elaine, because its a Virago and I read a Kindle edition. I'm a sucker for green spines!
PS I'm typing this from England!
Oh! I'm Here at 75 more often than not but more "not" these days than usual.
I also had loads Elaine but then some guy posted 20 children's books in Spanish and I took them all :) I'm working my way up to ten again so I could've 'paid' you. But thank you for being so kind!!!
I do want it Elaine and I am happy to give you the credit!

And the Grenfell is a bio, is it not?
Thanks, Elaine, see you at Printers Row! We hope to have something special planned as its our 20th anniversary year.

All the best,
Sharon Woodhouse
Dear Elaine,

Thank you for inviting me to join the Virago group. I have now done so and can't believe I missed it. I hope I can contribute something at some point.

Your profile is very inspiring and also your photo gallery too! I've never seen the Corelli writing tower and I have now plus the garden.

I think I'm going to include some images of books in my gallery now I've seen yours.

Best wishes
We'll be in the low 90s too, but there's a breeze, so it's not bad at all....and 60s at night - bliss!
I'm off to read the review.
Welcome Home!!!!
I trust that you had the wonderful holiday that you both deserve! Tell! Tell!
Hello Elaine - I'm sorry I missed this! Eeek! We are moving house this weekend, so I am not sure how things will go or not yet. I would love to meet you though if I can. Good news that you remain cancer free, my Dad had his next one only the other week, and is still clear, so that's a year and a quarter since his treatment
oh don't know street names I'm afriad - we could meet outside the train station. I'll let you know time we are arriving nearer the time.

woohoo see you on the 19th *off to buy advance train tickets*
Hooray! Liz and I are coming to Oxford, no stress love the excuse for a day out in Oxford - I love Oxford :) we will make day of it come down about 10 -ish and go home late afternoon or early evening. There are a couple of good friends' of Liz's who live in Oxford who she will try to catch up with too, but we can do some book shops have lunch etc - whatever you want - it be lovely to catch up.
oh yes I am not back from Devon until Sat 17th. Maybe a winter thing would work best this tinme, although I could possibly do oxford on Monday 19th. If you would like to do that I will need to buy train tickets so let me know - would be lovely to see you.
Or, as I often tell my wife, I'll be really angry if I die before finishing all of the unread books in my library. Terrific review of Holy Orders, incidentally.
The package arrived today. I am thrilled. Thank you!!!!!
77 but that includes two dupes (Classics and Greys).
I bought two of the series the other day. It was the third book I can't find. But thanks for caring :)
Sent the book off today together with pencil tin, list and check. Thanks!!!!
ooh you are in Stratford in August - hope it's not when I'm away in Devon. I'm away 10th August for a week - if it's outside of those dates I should be able to pop over.
Hi Elaine
A Woman of my age - arrived today, thanks so much for sending it to me. :)
Thank you so much Elaine, I'll look out for it : )
I'd love to, particularly since you'll be staying at my college!
Let's arrange something nearer the time?
Simon x
Hi Elaine,

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any that I've seen, or know people have used - except The Randolph, which I imagine might be a little over the top (think The Ritz, in Oxford.) My parents always stay with their friends in Oxford, and anybody visiting me just sleeps on the sofa... so I'm not going to be very helpful.

The hotel or b&b (not sure which it is) on Bath Place has always looked nice, and is very central... might be worth investigating?

Hope you find somewhere great!
Yay! I'm off to admire right this very minute!
If this is the doo-ist you're able to lally, I'd say you were in good shape. And you need only 10 more! Wow!
Yikes! I was just watching Chi's Southside on the Weather Channel...... 6" of running water can knock you off your feet; 12" can move a car. Be careful, Ducky.
I'll try to get these mailed to you this week!
Holy Moly! You don't catch anything like that happening in Lumpyton, ever. But I love to hear the stories. Hope you both continue to feel better day by day and that all is going well with you. I'm thankful to say that we are all fine... I just don't get enough reading time.
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You have to be kidding!?!?!?!?!
I had no idea there were so many Elaine. And no idea Chuck was sick. What gives?

And I got it and responded!
I do miss you when you're not around.
Elaine -- thank you so much for Frederica -- what a lovely copy! And in time for a Valentine read, if I can sneak some "me time" in soon.

With gratitude! -- Jen
Hi Elaine,

Just a note to say that the book arrived safely today in its jolly Disney mailer! Thank you *so* much - it is a lovely book and looks fascinating. I am sure I will enjoy it and I will pass it on to Simon when I have read it.

Thanks once again,

Hi Elaine,

Thanks *so* much for sending the book! I have had a bit of real life this week with snow and work issues and my first cold of the winter - so this will give me something to look forward to! Thanks again for sending it.

All the best,

Thanks very much Elaine - no hurry, whenever you can send it!
Hello--Just wanted to let you know that we've run out of our first batch of review copies of "Gold Coast Madam" and your copy will ship some time next week. Thanks for your interest and patience in waiting for it. Happy holidays--Lake Claremont Press.
The Blotting Book arrived today and I thank you so much.
Reading the back of it, it looks quite interesting and I
liked miss_read's review of it. I think I will be reading
it after I finish my current read and the E.T. of the month,
Again I thank you. These little mysteries are just the thing
to relax one when you are running, running, running.
HUGE waves! I voted yesterday, so I'm through with campaigns until the results come in.
Hope you get to read a lot. You do have something good, don't you?
I didn't quite realize that Sandy would be playing havoc all the way to Chicago.
Stay safe!!!
The books arrived! They are truly "awesome" !
Thanks so much
Are you out demonstrating with all those anarchist teachers? :)
Will do!
I'm also shocked! but encouraged to find someone agrees with me. My editing instructor (adult continuing ed) says publishers no longer employ editors, copyeditors, or proofreaders.
Fantastic, I'm so glad to hear that! Enjoy ...
Thank you Elaine. Yes it is such a good book.
The weather had improved - but is not great today, Hopefully the sun will come back.

Great review again, Elaine!
I can hardly wait for #3!!!
Hope you've come through the weekend unscathed. Good grief!
I can't wait for your review.
I am over the moon with *Bodies*. Off to bed right now to execute Anne and try to reflect on the whole thing. I take back what I said in the last post. She did that in *WH* too, and I think I should probably reread it. I do believe my indifference to it was my fault and not HM's.
Hope you are well and enjoying!
How's it going? I'm liking this so much more than *WH* that I'm wondering whether she dumbed it down.... She must have gotten a LOT of adverse comment about "he" to continue referring to "he, Cromwell" even to page 153, which is how far I've come.
57 pp. in - so witty! Was *WH* this funny? I should have skimmed it last week.
LOVELY day!! My copy of *Bodies* arrived in the mail this afternoon, and I'm off to get into it!
Do you have yours?
JOY for my Anglophiliac heart!
The books arrived this morning, and I can't wait to read them all and can't start even one of them just yet, but I think the diary will be the first.
Thank you, Elaine! You make me very happy.
I have to say that the thrill doesn't diminish with repetition!
THANK YOU, Elaine.
I'm glad that you were able to find *Stress* at the library. They let you keep books THREE months???? I might be willing to borrow on those terms! Hope you enjoy it when you try it.
Thanks for the kind offer of Sleepless Nights, but this was one I picked up recently! But thanks anyway!
I was afraid to ask, but I got it too!!!! You absolutely deserve it for your brilliant (really) review of Wolf Hall. I'll try to deserve it too....I was going to send mine to you if you didn't get it, but now it's mine! It's mine!!!
And of course, I'm off to look at PBS.......shameless.
Back to say that I don't need to weep right now, but I've looked at ALL the pictures and read snatches here and there!
Hope all is well with you! Heresy has come, but I had already started Sansom's Revelation - too much of a muchness.
Still in Greensboro. They'd better hustle if they're going to get them here by tomorrow.
On the other hand, Prophecy is already here from the UK, and it looks design an obvious ploy to cash in on the S.J. Sansom books which I love.
I finished Foreign Bodies this morning and was underwhelmed. It's my first C. Ozick, so I don't know where it ranks in her overall opus. I'm going to squeeze in a quick M. Spark, continue Dickens's Pictures of Italy, and then start another Orange, The Song of Achilles. I have high hopes for all of these and another one or two hovering in the background being seductive.
Hope you're escaping severe weather this week. Today, we've been beautiful.
Off to swim my laps.
Already in Greensboro!!!
Hope you're having a good weekend.
Thank you for the tracking info, Elaine. I love to follow parcels! When I checked a minute ago, it was still showing "accepted" in Chicago.
The Rosewood Casket arrived yesterday, Elaine. Thank you so much. This site is overrun with generous people.
Dear Elaine,
Of COURSE I'm interested! I looked hard at that one, but I generally ask for only the one I want most. I swore that I wouldn't ask you for another book, but if you haven't unloaded *Image of Women in Antiquity* and the John Thaw bio, I would be glad to give them a home and not read them probably for years and years.
I'm enjoying Hide Me Among the Graves.... Don't I remember that you had an experience at Highgate Cemetery? We spend a chapter or two there....both above and under ground. First, though, you should read The Stress of Her Regard which deals with Shelley and Byron. Do you know the premise? The Nephilim from the OT are very powerful left-overs, sort of psychic vampires although a bite here and there figures in too. They are very, very possessive of the humans that they love and quick to kill any human rivals, and Powers is a past master at inventing ways of dealing with them. This book does concern the Rossettis and their uncle John Polidori, whose ghost is controlled by one of the Nephilim. Then there is a vet, the son characters from *Stress* and a young woman whom Christina met in her work with wayward women. Oh. Trelawny and Swinburne figure pretty prominently too. The deal is that these poets receive increased talent from their association with the N - one of whom also inhabited Boadecia back when. Interested? I'll be delighted to lend you my copy when I finish - maybe tomorrow, but I would like it back........ My copy of *Stress* was a stripped book, so I think you wouldn't want that.
I trust that you're getting along well. I am already summer-lazy. It's great.
ps glad to hear you are fine : )
I put a pic on fab finds thread - can you not see it?
I am not going to the festival never have been at festival time - is a bit beyond my budget. Maybe one day : )
I'm so happy your nose is wart-free! Roll on book sale season!
GOOD for you - warts and all!
No rush. It's not like I am going anywhere.
No, thank you. Hope you are having a great day.
It's overcast here but looks like it will clear off.
I'll be sure to keep an eye out for the books. Hope all is going well for you -- Jane
Thanks so much, Elaine -- Jane
Hi, Elaine.
Just checking in and hoping that everything that is going on with you is basically pleasant. I'm VERY happy to see that you loved A View of the Harbour, my favorite E. Taylor. I'm off to read your review again. I think I read it once and starred it.
Liz, LOL re the clothes! Yes, I kinda noticed that, but it was swamped in everything else. I did notice that one character early on was wearing a pillbox hat, which really wasn't common or in fashion at the time.

I so rarely intensely dislike a novel - sigh.

It was cashed Elaine. I just didn't look back far enough. Thanks!
Elaine - thanks again for the bookmarks and don't forget to deposit the check!

Much love

Thanks Elaine! I know I'll be thrilled!
Elaine - thank you so much for the Deborah Devonshire book - it looks lovely - I have added it to my cataolugue, but will be loaning it to Liz to read after I have read it. It was lovely of you to think of me. Hope you had a good trip home.
See you next time maybe?
Marvellous - I'll see you there. Hooray!
Have the sweetest trip yet!!!
Adding: I can get to Stratford Rail Station at 12.21 and meet you in town or at the station
Argh - forgot to reply!! How about the Thursday, meet some time between 12 and 1, get a light lunch at the antiques showroom if the cafe is still there, and then a bit of book shopping.

Phone is still 0121 444 3747 - but if you let me know that's OK today then we can book that in.

Liz x
Have a safe trip Elaine and ENJOY!
: ) yes a shame I will miss you - but I hope you enjoy your trip it sounds action packed. I will look forward to meeting up with you another time. You are right I must check out those book shops soon they sound great, and as for Hay! well it is a marvelous and dangerous place - and you need someone to take you who has a large empty boot (trunk) that you can fill. On one trip to Hay 4 of us bought over 100 books between us.
The weather has been very mild just recently but is turning a lot colder today - it could turn wintry!
Thak you Elaine!
Elaine - finally got to type list of book marks. Will send in the next couple of days together with a check. Thanks!
I have to say that our reviews together should give anybody at all the complete lowdown on the book!
I see that you are here or were here only seconds ago!
Happy My Mother's Birthday to you!! Hope you're well and get to something better than DSD today!
Fascinating. I love your write-up about your multiple trips to England. I would love to follow in your footsteps some day, as my only tip ever to England was a stop-overs at Heathrow when I was going from Toronto to London to Nice. Someday I'll try to get back for a longer stay.
Ah, we cross posted. lol!~!
How sweet of you to ask but I am pretty sure I would never read it. (Just too many other books to get through!!!)

Much love


Thank you for your kind offer of All Passion Spent. My copy is a green edition with that very same cover, so I am happy with it. I'm sure another group member would give it a nice home! Thanks for thinking of me.

Thank you so much for the postcard, which is currently being used as a favourite bookmark.
I should have done it a few days ago, when I received, but I hope you forgive the delay and bear with my forgetfulness.
Paola :-))
You're Back!!!! And you visited the Persephone Store. GOOD for you! I hope to hear some details of the month or read some reviews.
Hope all is well with you. Thank you so much for the PC. I am currently reading The Village on your recommendation and loving it!
Did I mention that I love and adore getting postcards from England???!
I do!!
Thank you again. When do you get home, I wonder. Be safe in the air. I'll be glad to see you back here!
It was lovely to meet you Elaine, and yes, it was a really nice day. If you are in this neck of the woods again we will definitely "have to do it again." Glad you had a good time in Hay. I love it there - though it is a seriously dangerous place to go for a book addict such as I. Have a good trip home.
Elaine, thank you for the postcard!!!! I doubt that you're checking in here (I wouldn't be), but in case you come by, I love that you thought of me and that you're there and having enough good times for both of us! Enjoy!!!
Hello Elaine! I put a friend request in to your page because we share many books, we both live in Chicago and I love your page!
marvellous - I'll look forward to hearing from you on the 11th or 12th. The 12th is my sister-in-law's birthday so I might not be around much, but leave me a message!

Well thank you Elaine! Of course I have plenty to read in the meantime :) Hope you are having a good time.

Hi, Elaine! I just came to look at the aunts' copy of *The Sheik*. Whooo Hoooo!!!
Hi there,

I noticed that you have reviewed 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern, and was wondering if you had any questions about the book for the author? I work for a book supply company in the United Kingdom, and we often do an author interview, asking questions about the book, inspiration etc. If you would like to submit a question, I will try and include it, or merge it with others that may be similar.

Thanks, Fiona.
Have a good trip. I totally get the dread of the actual travel, but once you're there, the plane and the airports tend to fade away. Bon voyage!
Hi Liz- I loved your review of "The Night Circus". I just heard about it this week on a book podcast and they were also raving about it. I'll have to put this on the WL. Sounds great.
BTW- I live in Downers Grove, in the southwest suburbs!

The new Barnes & Noble Classics version translated by John McNamara. I am really liking it. My Prof from Spring Quarter spoke of Beowulf a bit, wishing he had had more time to get into it and said that it was one the more powerful pieces of literature that he had read. So I thought that between Spring and Summer quarters I would read it. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it but I love the writing, the back & forthing (is there even such a term? LOL!~!) and the words. Wish I had read it years ago, but it sounded so science fictiony to me.
And regarding "Roman Fever"..........yes, that blew me away. I totally wasn't expecting it and it was so "in your face" for the lady's gentle personality. I really liked that story. What an author. She is just wonderful!
Agreed 100% - but I think what we're both saying is that we love books.
Well, I must say that you're very good! Thank you! If that's your worst senior moment, you're good for another several decades. (1. about the case 2. about S. Kaminsky)
Peggy back again
Oh! We share Sanctity! I love that book. It was, in fact, how I met our Barbara Romain.....
And I still haven't watched Mosely - not sure why --- something about time watching as opposed to time reading. You will let me know if you need him back immediately, won't you? I did finish the letters in a readathon last weekend, so that was good. I think I can leave them alone for a month or two.
I'm beaming!
Damn, but I love you woman. You are something else!~!
Thank you.
I STILL haven't watched Mosely, but now that I have them out of prison, I should go ahead. I will.
Men have the strangest ideas......
I wish I hadn't seen the diaries. I have already overspent for May in April although that probably won't make a lot of difference when it comes down to it.
Oh my! Look at all the Blooming!

I just had to pop over to say that I'm in admiration of the books you've just entered!
Splendid and inspring! Are these recently acquired? I have Anne Chisholm's bio on
Francis that I've been dipping into. She's an interesting woman but I'd much rather
read diaries over biographies - well, in most cases!

I live at the other end of Illinois, and share your love of England. I went there the first time as a Northwestern student in 1963 and moved there in 1968 for six years (my two daughters were born there). I taught for years at SIU Carbondale and am happily retired now. I'm writing just to tell you how much I enjoyed your LibraryThing bio! Good reading! Walter
Oh my goodness!!!! I had no idea that such a thing existed! Onto the wishlist it goes. I do know that it's possible to listen to some of VW's radio program on YouTube, but all of it and all the rest!!!!!
That's alright! Stuff happens. Hope you feel better!
Hi Elaine, I am so glad you enjoyed it. It was a nice to work on after In Darfur. It is a good balance. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was a splendid adaptation.

Thank you so much (and I am glad you found that the message had not gone to me).

I hope you are doing well.

No I don't own it. I do own the other Sherriff - Two Weeks in September. Is the other one good or bad?

Your postcard arrived this morning! Thank you!!! I'm delighted to have a small piece of London in my mailbasket. And if the Persephone Store is small, it looks proportionately charming.
I love being remembered!
Book mailed fc this morning. In theory should be with you Mon or Tues :)

And did you read Mrs. Ames???
Will mail it in the next couple of days. Did you see I ordered a book off you on PBS?

I wait impatiently to hear even a little about your wonderful time!
I ordered through the sellers on ABE - where Awesomebooks also lists, but I tend to choose other
sellers over them when possible. I've only JUST received three books ordered via Amazon Market place on
December 29th and in fair condition. I'm assuming the import/export laws changed with the new year
because I don't recall having such delays before. Ah, the risks we take for our fair Viragos.

Elaine! I received/catalogued Bird's Yangtze Valley today too!!
Okay - count me out for Duff Cooper!
Isn't it lovely that underlinings unskillfully done don't mess up anybody else's message!
oh Elaine - sorry for the typos.
Hi Elaine - I came over to see you because the touch stone for your Seatfield read weren't working. Just read all about your life - come back to England and visit any time!!! And what about all those Green Guides - my dear Mum was a reall officinado fo the French Green Guides so I know exavtly how wonderful they are. We have loads of French ones - many quite old:)) rather like me now!

Best wishes - I will now go off to find The Saplings !
Thank you for the address! I'll try Elizabeth at once. I have to get out of the Dolomites before I can decide where to go next. It might be to China........
that was quick, I picked it up for a dollar, couldn't resist even though I had a decent copy at home, I get a real kick out of knowing how far it's travelled.

I'm not in any immediate danger of flooding, that's up north I live in the south, thanks for your concern.
Just wanted to let you know that I got your book off in the post today Elaine. But I did send it media mail so it may take a while to get there.
You know me Elaiine. It's what is between the covers of the book that counts with me. Just the hick in me I guess. While I admire the beautiful books, I don't have to have them. As long as I have 'the' book.
big hug,

P.S. And rush. Am just finishing 'The Solitary Summer' and then it is off to 'Emma'. My introduction to the world of Austen. I so hope I will love her.
I enjoyed your comments about "When We Were Strangers." I am a granddaughter of Italian immigrants, who got as far as Lorain, Ohio...some uncles actually ended up in Chicago...South side! I know from experience that it takes much longer than shown in the book for an immigrant to be that assimilated into society. I enjoy books set in Italy or about the immigrant experience and WANTED to like this book, but it failed me in the second half. I did appreciate the accounts of the sea-crossing though.
Re: sleepless nights , you're most welcome. I'll send it off after the New Year, enjoy.
Oh, thank you so much Elaine.
You are a Rock Star!~!~!
luvs n hugs,
I am not brazen or anything, but when you get your new copy of "Sleepless Nights", might I have your tattered copy? Please???????????????/
(on my knees) hee hee
hugs n luvs,
Dusting of snow? We got 8 unprecedented inches!
"When on earth am I going to read all these!"
That's not even a question since the answer doesn't make much difference. I have a feeling of surfeit at the moment, but it doesn't prevent my wanting more as greedily as ever. And I'm reading so slowly these days! Never mind. We'll both do the best we can.
What a lot of good books you have been adding!
Have a fantastic trip!
Liz, I have been so frenzied with holiday family guests that I didn't have the chance to let you know I got the books. Thank you so much for sending them. I hope you had a splendid holiday and that you are feeling better now.

Hi Elaine, the assistant stage manager is actually sauteing shallots back stage for that moment. I am glad you got in to see it, It is sold out now so I wondered if you would get to go.

I am looking forward to The Moonstone too. Maren
Thank you so much, Elaine! I look forward to reading it as I really liked all the things I read by her.
I love it that you reply to my messages, and always with intelligence and meaty information. I once thought seriously about proposing to Jim that we move to the UK but never mentioned it. He loves England maybe more than I do, but he just isn't the uprooting sort. We've travelled there several times and every week when Country Life arrives, we add more destinations to our list.

I do agree with you about the diminishment of others' interest in our knitted products. Neither Jim nor either of our sons wears sweaters, so I've always made them for myself. I'm currently enamored of small shawls knit with sock yarn; I just conquered lace knitting recently and, as usual, am somewhat obsessed by my new find. I knit poorly when I knit for other people, so I knit for myself then, eventually, give away my creations. I do my best work on Arans and ganseys. Might you take up knitting again?

We have a lot in common, including a love of all things English. Jim has subscribed to Country Life for years and has kept every copy. (Why? Just because neither of us can bear to toss them out.) We also have teaching in our gene pool, and writing, and reading, and collecting favorite authors and series. So why don't you knit? I'll bet we're also about the same age. I'll be 72 in a couple of weeks. I loved seeing your picture, you do not look as I imagined you would. I pictured lots of dark hair, a Sela Ward look. And I'm certainly enjoying getting to know you through our PBS PMs. -Mary/Manyknits
Hope today finds you feeling better! Our wet, gray morning would be the perfect accompaniment for a head cold. Maybe you are at the point of enjoying a little down time?
We remain mystery sisters although my list would be in a somewhat different order, and I'm too immature to give up most of them yet - even the dross. If people wanted them on PBS, I would probably yield to that temptation. I still keep one going a lot of the time, but that's not how I used to read them.
The Living is Easy was sent off today. :)
The Renault arrived today, and I'm delighted! Thank you so very much ...
Ha ha! Thanks so much, Elaine.
Oh yeah! That's a great story!!! I like the part about the good-looking Polish construction worker. And now I'm wondering whether they lock cemeteries in Chicago? They certainly don't do it here......... I would probably have tried to climb a tree near the wall, fallen, broken something, and have been a total wreck the next morning.
Elaine, I am buddies with Peggy (LizzieD) and I just happened to read your Eliot story and I want to beg you to visit our Middlemarch read (starting on 75 on Nov 1) to post that story!! I loved it! Lucy/sibyx
Ooops. Of course, I want to hear your George Eliot story!! I wish I had one.
Elaine, I broke down and bought a copy of Celia with the last of my birthday $. It will, of course, be a long time before I have it read even if I read it the moment it arrives. I've wanted all of E.H. Young since I read Miss Mole last year. Oh well again.
Thanks for the tip. I'm on it.
I'm also waiting eagerly to see how much you like Celia. It's been on my wish list for awhile, but it's too expensive at AMP (and shipping is not available now anyway....and what's that about?) and not available at Awesome Books or ABE or Alibris. Oh well.
I'm happy to learn that a well-mended ceiling is stronger than one that is just beginning to crack.
Oh dear and lovely Elaine, the book has come, and I'm enchanted! I don't know why I love this stuff - this is certainly not my taste, but I'll be browsing in it from now on. Thank you again. Thank you!
Elaine, you are too good. Thank you!
Now, on to 'Coffee with Cate'.
Ah, I love you Elaine.
And I love listening to you. That's what it feels like when I read your posts; that I am listening to you talk.
I love your theory and am going to read it over again later, as dinner is ready and on the table. There is a lot there. (not food but to think about) and I think a lot of rehashing to be done on this one yet.
You told my story so much better than I ever could have. You understood what I was saying perhaps even better that I. Your review was very "out there" and titillating; blunt and very much to the point. It helped me to understand why you had the thoughts and feelings you did as you read and as you completed the book.
This is only the second Eliot that I have read. I have previously read "Silas Marner" many odd years ago. But I have on my shelf awaiting me: "The Mill on the Floss", "Adam Bede", "Daniel Deronda" and of course "Middlemarch". I will be anxious to see what these books turn out to be like for me as I found "The Lifted Veil" to be nothing like "Silas Marner".
This was a wow of a group read. You really got us talking and coursing through this one. I have been doing group reads all year (59 of my reads thus far have been group reads) and this has by far been the most controversial discourse of any of them.
Good job Elaine. It never would have happened if you had not hated the book and it not been drivel to your mind. I thank you. We certainly did not all agree in several areas of the book but what fascinating conversation came out of it. And I was so happy to see a group read here in our own little Virago group.
Thank you Elaine.
I will do that. I am going now.
hugs my dear lady,
You are really something, my friend. To that quickly reason that there could be two ways of looking at a book that you feel as strongly about as you do "The Lifted Veil" is pretty amazing. I love your brain girlfriend.
And thank you for your comments. I do appreciate them. I just came from a different place in my mind upon reading the book than the rest of you. That's all.
Of course, I enjoyed your *Chaise Longue* review, but what really interests me is how you're doing with Wolf Hall. Inquiring mind wants to know!
Overlanders. Maybe they went in a caravan.
I just came by to speak and had a look at The Victorian Chaise Longue. I read enough of the reviews to wonder what you will think of it when you come to read it. Meanwhile, I soldier on through North-west by North, a Traveler which I bought and, therefore, must read. Dora Birtles has at least one novel published as a VMC, The Caravaners. I wonder whether you read it with any pleasure....
It's just fine, really!
Mr. Skeffington arrived today ... thank you sooo much!
Lots of chat here.... Do I think that Wolf Hall was worthy of the Booker? It wasn't my favorite book this year; I had hoped to like it a lot more. I found making Cromwell the "he" in any dialogue that he participated in a bit hard to get used to. (At least, that's my memory of what she did.) On the other hand, I did like. I suspect a more careful reading would bring better rewards. And considering some Booker winners, I think this one will hold up.
*Hideous Progeny* is a pretty good title for that menage. I started Muriel Spark on Mary but have put it down with the weight of too much going on in real life. (Did I say that my aunt died last week? We had dealt with physical illness and dementia for some time --- She was kicked out of Hospice House twice before she died. I conclude that genes for longevity are not necessarily a blessing. She was a dear and lovely woman though.)
I hope you settle to something soon. I need to try to finish one thing before my ARC of Trespass shows up. I'm excited! I also got a copy of 2666 today. Excitement of a totally different kind! Have you ventured into those waters?
Off to read!
Peggy Again
Dear Elaine,
Thank you yet again!!!! And another thank you on top of that! I'm not only pleased to expand my wave of green, but I think that I'll enjoy this one if the blurb on the back is anything to go by. At least it's not calling anybody "splendid."
Did I say thank you?? Thank you! (Oh...the book arrived today.)
Glad they got there safely and soon. Enjoy!!
Oh....There it is. I fear for myself. Thank you, friend!
Hey Liz - Sorry I didn't get back to you about the Marie Corelli thing - huge pressure here at the moment and am frantically busy. But yes - I had the same reaction to the Mae West book which I did not bother to finish. It was full of soft porn - mere titillation by today's standards - but the Mae West character (Diamond Lil) is a hooker without a heart of gold and quite willing to turn an innocent girl into a prostitute for profit. Turns a blind eye to the fact that her current lover is a white trader (preposterous plot!) and finishes the book successfully seducing the policeman who arrests her and going her merry way. I don't think West even wrote it. It was actually very well written and I am imagining that the plot was hers but that someone else ghost wrote it for her. So, as I said on the thread, a very nasty woman who was somehow seen as feminist by the Virago editors. Or just a strong, different woman who thumbed her nose at men? Either way it did not work for me and I am thinking was a pale version of your hilarious book.

I figured you meant Awesome, but I still can't make it work.....I sign in with my old password just fine, get the "wish list" option, but on that page, there's nowhere to click to add a book NOR when I'm looking at a book is there anything I can find to do to put it on the wish list as I can do at Amazon.
I'm still laughing at the review.
Time to feed the animals! (I once taught a special ed. kid in 11th grade when everybody was mainstreamed, who carefully kept a journal for me. Every day he would write, "I come home. I feed the screw." I was too young and timid to inquire who or what the screw might be. He also wrote about the prom, "Them all grank ack hall." Just thought you might enjoy....)
O.K. No ack hall for me.
Morning, Elaine.....If I could figure out how to enter something into a wishlist at Awesome Books, I'd have one a mile long too. Unfortunately, the page I get is missing something.....or do they have to have a book in stock for me to wishlist it?
Bawden --- I skimmed Poor Cow - not my cuppa or half-pint or whatever the liquid equivalent might be.
But I love Elizabeth Taylor! Her zingers in passing make me laugh out loud! (The sound of school children quarreling: "It's my Jesus book, you little liar!")
Happy Week, yourself! Our children go back to school Wednesday; I don't!!!!
I will send it, then, but in a separate envelope as I don't have one big enough to contain both.
Talk soon!

Paola :-))
Thank you Elaine. I am working on it. In fact we both are.
I hope you have a great day.
I just finished it and feel a little dirty.
I wish that I thought that it was satire, but I don't see is except in the sense of "If this is what the reading public wants, I'll shovel it to them." And I'm not sure that I believe even that. Awful! Awful! Awful!
I was so eager to get to the end that I didn't understand what Arnold was talking about when he said that his wife was enraged because he had lent her property. Did he mean himself? That's crazy.
E. Taylor here I come!
I still haven't finished, but I certainly didn't read it as carefully as you did. (I didn't notice that Mrs. Mardick was always right.) I did read the introduction yesterday by Polly Devlin and wonder whether that was a spoof. She refers to "Mrs. Maybrick" several times (Can she have read the thing?) and says that "it is hard not to forgive it [her 'snobbery' about women] when one relates it to the patronising attitudes of the time." No, it's not. Then there is the reference to "splendid" Judy in the blurb on the back cover. So I'm flummoxed. This was a best-seller when it came out.....
I own another EAR, but I'm certainly not curious enough to read it any time soon.
I am looking forward to cleansing my palate with E. Taylor!
I am still looking for the Summer House Trilogy. I can't believe you found it or had a duplicate of it. I would love to have it. Thank you ever so much. One day I will be able to find something that you want and gift you back.
You are a doll.
Thank you so much.
I am very surprised indeed at the time taken for a book to travel from Illinois to Texas. I hope it does actually arrive safely at its destination eventually! Thanks for letting me know.

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Picture of me and Macbeth's head in Corelli's house, Stratford-On-Avon. This was after a talk by the RSC's props mistress. I don't usually walk around with heads....
Thanks Elaine, that was most helpful. It's also good to know that I would receive a "warning" if they were about to take action.
Hello, Elaine! I'm speaking because I see that you're here now, and I never pass up a chance to interact in almost real time even if I don't have anything to say.
I started *4FFs* and have since put it down to try to push to the end of Shelley and read some light summer stuff. Patience!
Why aren't you on my friends list? I had to hunt for your profile!
So I have started reading *4FP* - absolutely no self-control (but lots of self-a-steam, as an honors English student put it). I don't have them off the boat yet, but I'm enjoying the writing and the premise.
Have you gotten into *Cutting/Stone* enough to love it rather than like it? It took awhile for me.
Hope you're staying cool.
P.S. I succumbed to an offer at pbs and have Stead's A Little Tea, a Little Chat coming. If I don't like this one, I'll say no to the rest.
Have you read "The Overlanders" yet? I loved it. Very good.
Hi Elaine,

Well, I have to say that I loved loved loved Benny & Shrimp!! I'm compelled to pass on the love
and will send it off to another friend to enjoy!

Thanks so much for this little gem!

Hey, Elaine!
Just admiring your acquisitions.... My current V/B Traveller is by Dora Birtles, and it's a pleasure because she was a journalist and so, can write better than some of the personal journalists in the series. I'm not in love with her style, but I recognize it as being good of its kind.
I'll be interested to see what you make or have made of Christina Stead. I understand that the one I read with 'Love' in the title (suppression at work) is not her best. I devoutly hope that it was her worst....All for Love?
Anyhow, good for you! "Read on, my friend, read on!" (That's what I said to my mama when I had measles and mumps at the same time and lay in darkened state unable to read for myself.)
Sorry to take so long to reply Elaine. I am working summer school this year and very busy with around the house projects. I have been to Stratford but did not then know about Corelli. The reason we are pretty sure we are related is that great grandmother was Scottish and (we think) came down from Edinburgh with the McKays who were a literary family. Father and son both were published writers and then along came Marie (Mary). Great gran was a servant with them for only a short time but left their employ with an annuity. This made no sense to anyone. Why would the McKays pay her off after a brief employment? Sp naturally family gossip decided it had to have something to do with the illegitimate child she bore and raised. Adding to this is the fact that Charles McKay's second wife (and Corelli's) mother was a servant he seduced while his first wife was alive and who he married shortly after her death. Corelli was also illegitimate. McKay was both a philanderer and a liberal. So he - apparently - seduced his servants but then paid for his mistakes with the Victorian equivalent of child support.

Corelli as a younger woman was quite presentable and bears a striking resemblance to my sister. As an older woman she got very fat and given that she was also very short the effect was not very appealing. I have never read her works but my sister who is an antiquarian book dealer specialised in her books long before we found out about the (possible) family connection.

Must go walk my dog now it's cooled off somewhat. Hot weather is both invigorating and debilitating.

Hello Elaine,

Benny and Shrimp arrived this morning in EXCELLENT condition! After I finish
The Little Stranger (which will be in the next day or so), I'll start right in.
Thanks much!

Have a Happy 4th and a Chicago Hotdog for me!

Get busy!!
Sounds like you're having a nice little celebration week - you know, when the cat's away......!

I've been pretty good lately about NOT buying more Viragos, but I think my will is beginning to weaken, especially as Belva's
All August, All Viragos approaches. I love Abe for VMCs and have had great luck with their sellers.

By the way, I couldn't help but notice that we share nearly 300 titles! Off to have a browse. I'm sure your library will
no doubt add more weight to my shopping carts!

Hi Elaine,

My edition of Love Child does have Hermione Lee's 1980 introduction. ISBN is 0 86068 168 8.
Perhaps you can drop a note to the seller? I've done that before on many occasions when ordering

Elaine -- the book arrived in the mail yesterday -- thanks so much. I'm looking forward to dipping into it. I just got Elizabeth's Women by Tracy Borman as an LTER ARC, so I'll probably tackle that one first.

We never saw Brooks' MND, unfortunately -- heard fantastic raves about it though.

My medieval bent was more toward drama (the cycle plays) and romance(particularly the Arthurian stuff) than the ecclesiastical side -- though the history of purgatory does sound intriguing.

We're crossing our fingers and toes about the oil, but most of the local restaurants have already stopped serving Gulf seafood. I don't know why they can't stop the damn thing, and they should be doing lots more clean-up. It's affected everyone with a kind of unending malaise.
Oh good. I have a friend in Cabaret so I hope to see it soon. I am glad to hear you liked it.
Oh not a problem Elaine, With user names and real names it can get confusing. Farnsworth just opened now I am no to Neverwhere at Lifeline which opens a couple of weeks late. Maybe somewhere in there I will get to see theater I haven't worked on.
Cheers, Maren
Dear Elaine,
You are.
I am finally coming to the point that I can give up some things - never read; never will be read - but it's hard to an acquisitive soul like me. Finding that I could own more than one or two books which were given me at Christmas was a revelation whose consequences have never ended.
The medieval archaeology books sounded fascinating until you got to the part about maps and charts........(What's wrong with me?)
I'll hope to luck into something you will adore. Maybe it will come around.
Hello Liz,

I am working on The Farnsworth Invention (Aaron Sorkin's play about the invention of Television) at Timeline and at Lifeline on their adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. They are wildly different but should both be really good/interesting productions. I am sad to say I missed MacBeth and an old friend was playing LadyM so shame on me but I started a new job at U of C so I have been a tad busy. Let me know if you see either production.

Cheers, Maren
Somewhere in my Virago memorabilia (for want of a better description) I have an email from Virago in response to a query about the change in presentation of VMC's from the beautiful artwork on the covers of the early editions to the trivial presentations of the later editions. The response was "well, we have to appeal to a younger audience"! I guess the bottom line is always profit even in feminist publishing!

Best wishes

I think perhaps over the years at Virago there were some very good commissioning editors who made good decisions about which titles to publish and there were not so good decisions about books to re-issue. In the very early days of its publishing, Virago published some very brilliant lost works but lately, I think the titles have become a bit lacklustre. The publisher doesn't seem to be looking very far afield for new (read old or out of print) work to publish as Classics. Being an avid collector for as long as Virago has been in print, I find that disappointing.

Best wishes


I think I just demonstrated my "computer ludditeness" - I forgot to take off the bold facility .



I have a copy of All My Days by Kathleen Dayus and by the format it looks as if it should be with the Virago Pioneers category - The list on the Collection Tracker is the list of the Virago Modern Classics and doesn't include other categories of Virago publications. The list on the Tracker was always on the Virago original website and sadly was removed when Virago changed its website. We have managed to continue adding to the list by advice from Virago Commissioning Editors as to latest releases of VMC's.

I'm sorry I cannot help regarding amendment to the descriptions no to indicate there is a description as my techie knowledge is only now expanding - perhaps the best place to post the query is on the technon strand on the Virago Board which is "things every woman (and man) should know - it has been a great help to me in the past and somebody (probably Christina) will respond.

Hope this helps.


Patricia (mrspenny)
I'm being pampered, all right, but my bottom is exhausted from two days of not being able to shift. However, knee is much, much better today.
I'll make a pact with you to be very, very careful in our walking and climbing from here on out!
(Have you read any Christina Stead? I'm not particularly liking For Love Alone, but I can't stop reading it.)
Elaine, you reinforce what I was reading in the daily click at the Breast Cancer Site - "fight like a girl."
The Orchid House arrived today. I am thrilled and have already replaced my generic non-Virago copy on the shelves. Thank you Elaine!
Don't, oh please don't, draw me back into that milieu just yet. I have so much other stuff going on that I can't reinvolve myself with them. I envy you your look at Monk's House and think of Marmoset and Mandril with bittersweet bemusement and respect.
Oh! You have added two Holtbys that I covet! I will bide my time, and they will come. Hope you enjoy them.
More passion shared! I vaguely remember Brenan and do better with Carrington.....I recall (who could say why?) a sketch in a letter that she wrote to Strachey saying,"the poet overate himself with bananas." That's one of the few things I have left from reading Michael Holroyd's excellent biography of LS. So how do I know it was excellent? I remember that part.
Anyway, thank you for the added information. I'll look forward to my new book.
I did finish Drood and very much wish I had waited to buy it as a used paperback. Oh well.
You make me really need to reread some VW; I adore chocolate. I'm like one of the readers whom she despised who preferred her non-fiction to her fiction - at least so far. I read her letters and diaries in tandem to the last volume of each. That's a project I need to finish. For awhile I felt that I knew her better than I knew some of my close friends.
I'm not sure whether it's better to read Ulysses at a ball game or with a guide in hand, which I did to "improve" myself. I guess it should go on the reread list too. (I don't think I was much improved.)
I suspect your pleasure with black Dell will far exceed your pleasure with current Virago (I assume your new copy is a Virago). I never read it and think I will forego that experience. Now I feel like Jim and Huck giving up crabapples and persimmons.
I am at least about to finish Anathem which is becoming my favorite Neal Stephenson. I don't suppose that you read science fiction.?? I've come to it late but enthusiastically. AND I'd love to finish Drood before the new year, but I doubt that will happen.
More than you wanted to know! Sorry.
I also forgot to say that Persephone books are lovely in every way! I got a Kindle for Christmas which has excited me no end, but it will never replace lovely editions (or cheaper editions, I'm sorry to say).
You remind me that I need to reread *TtL* and more Virginia W to see how a few more years under my belt affects my appreciation of her style. (Now what has my fat stomach to do with how well I read? I'll have to think about that one.)
Elaine, I really shouldn't say that I'm reading *TOET* because I've hardly begun it..... I'm mostly reading Anathem, a great piece of science fiction that has me understanding more philosophy and science than I ever thought possible. I should finish it before the new year. AND I got a Kindle for Christmas (!!!!) and keep playing with it. On the other hand, I need womanly literature, so I'll keep returning to the Beauman frequently since I'm not reading a VMC. (O.K. I realize that I have to get into it before a return is possible.) I do adore this week between holidays as a time when sitting and reading for hours is possible. Enjoy!
Such richness, indeed!
Dear Elaine,
Your post on the "What I'm Reading" thread has decided me to begin The Other Elizabeth Taylor before I read the fiction that was part of my Virago SS package. I will doubless be far behind since I can't discipline myself to read only one book(or two or three) at a time, but I do enjoy commenting on a work in progress to somebody who is reading it at the same time. Hope you don't mind!
Such richness!!
Merry Christmas!!!
Happy Belated Birthday, Elaine!!!
You are certainly entitled to your fine haul and more. Hope you enjoy every one of them. I am awaiting my Secret Santa package eagerly. Just so long as it arrives eventually, this is better. I don't know that my character is strong enough not to open it should it come early.
You are so very wonderful. Slip a not in with and I will send you postage, etc.
Thank you ever so much. I am still celebrating Thanksgiving!~!
So very strange. (do do do do, do do do do)--(the Jaws theme)
"Wrestling With the Angel" arrived today and I got your post today as well. Weird, huh?
Thank you ever so much. It is a real tome of a doorstopper, isn't it? Tell me what you thought of it. Did you appreciate it? I am excited to get into it, but have so many reading commitments on my plate for the remainder of the year that I know it will be 2010 before I can dig into her.
Thank you again for having such a sharing heart. Our group is so wonderful that way.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and we will do the same here.
big hug,
Ah ---- so that explains it!
I'll have to give Americans some thought. Meanwhile, I seem to remember that Barth thought that God simply sang in Mozart's ear, and *Lives of the Cell* Lewis thought that we should beam Bach into outer space - except that the aliens would think that we were bragging.
I'd add Dickens to the list for his beautiful writing except that he had so many perverse flaws.......maybe he was a half-breed????
Elaine, thank you again for my copy of The Newspaper of Claremont Street. It came quickly, and I am pleased no end. I have vowed that I will not start anything new until I plow through the last 30 pages of Gravity's Rainbow and give it at least minimal thought. I think that he would have blown me away 30 years ago; now I'm wondering that I actually had time for him........
1564........I seem to remember that date even though I taught American Lit my last 8 years or so!
I'm gratefully in your debt.
What a lovely day!
Koki and I have started a conversation at Almack's, but I haven't read any Heyer lately, so we would more than welcome you too.
After a minimal amount of snooping, I find that there is a GH group, Almack's. I just joined. Looks like they could use some new contributors.
Peggy Again
I tried to teach English! The fact that nobody wanted to learn what I had to offer was a large reason for my taking early retirement. My "Lizzie" comes from Hexam and Our Mutual Friend. Ten years ago - although it seems a lifetime - I was an eager member of The Readers' Vine where members took the last name of a favorite author, so I was Lizzie Dickens. Then I became LizzieD Sayers and kept the LD and the avatar drawn by a friend.
I do enjoy Heyer, who is also having a ressurgence of interest right now, I think. You should talk to Kokipy who has devoted most of this year to buying and reading all of them, regencies and mysteries both. In fact, is there a GH group here???
Illyrian Spring charmed me completely - light and lovely. My hardback copy is so sweet that I don't even covet a green-spined Virago (much). Speaking of which, I'm off to catalog my two Virago/Beacon Travelers (well, one says "Travellers") right now! Lovely!
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