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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

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Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale - Betsy Hearne, Larry DeVries There were points at which I was not entirely convinced by Hearne's interpretations, but overall it was a very interesting study of the permutations of the tale. The research is very solid, and the intelligence and naturalness of Hearne's ideas and prose style are especially evident in contrast to the pretentious, faux-academic BS appendix, which to me read almost like a satire of the sort of ungrounded, self-indulgent theoretical interpretation that makes people without PhDs mock literary criticism. Except Devries' citation isn't very good, so academics won't like it, either. Skip Appendix 1 unless you need some bizarro quotes for your term paper. I wish I had, since it kind of ended the book on a sour note for me, when I had really enjoyed most of it.

If you have only a readerly interest in Beauty and the Beast, this is still worth picking up as it suggests many versions (some now obscure) and similar tales for further reading.