Tobacco Road (Allegorical critique on 1930s U.S.?)- Erskine Caldwell

I read this book on the California Zephyr in May 2019 about poor cotton sharecroppers. I thought it an appropriate read for a train ride from Chicago to San Francisco. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobacco-Road-Erskine-Caldwell/dp/1774640880/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1651931576&refinements=p_27%3AErskine+Caldwell&s=books&sr=1-1 This controversial novel was written in 1932 and describes the Great Depression years in Georgia near Atlanta. The poverty of the Lester family, their… Continue reading Tobacco Road (Allegorical critique on 1930s U.S.?)- Erskine Caldwell

“The Figure in the Carpet” – Henry James

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Photographs_of_Henry_James#/media/File:Henry_James_(2871171944)_(cropped).jpg Henry James (1843 - 1916) wrote his novella, "The Figure in the Carpet", in 1896. An American, who spent his early and later years in England, James wrote the well known novels "Washington Square" (1880), "Portrait of a Lady" (1881), and "The Turn of the Screw" (1898). "The Figure in the Carpet" was a… Continue reading “The Figure in the Carpet” – Henry James

The Lost Girl – D H Lawrence

This novel was awarded the James Tait Memorial Prize in the fiction category in 1920 and was begun after "Women in Love". I found the best section of this book was a journey to Italy - it was one of the most descriptive pieces of writing I have read for a long time. I very… Continue reading The Lost Girl – D H Lawrence

Tastes of Honey: the Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution – Selina Todd

Written in 2019 this is a biography of Shelagh Delaney the author of "A Taste of Honey" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taste-Honey-Modern-Plays/dp/0413316807/ "A Taste of Honey" play by Shelagh Delaney Delaney wrote "A Taste of Honey" when she was 19, and it premiered on stage in London in 1958. It was one of the first plays to be written… Continue reading Tastes of Honey: the Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution – Selina Todd