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    Video: Why Should I Read Jane Eyre?

    November 29, 2017 9:37 am 1 Comment

      Renaissance woman Eleanor Nicholson—author, Ignatius Critical Editions contributor, educator, serial funny video maker—sheds light on why you or a student you know should read the classic novel Jane Eyre. Even if you hated it the first time. Maybe especially if you hated it the first time.

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  2. Jane Eyre

    November 29, 2017 9:22 am Leave a Comment

    One of the finest novels ever written, Jane Eyre is also one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of world literature. Whereas most modern teaching of the text misreads or misinterprets Charlotte Brontë’s devout and profoundly ingrained Christian faith and intentions, this critical edition emphasizes the semi-autobiographical dimension of the novel,… Read more »

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  3. It’s a Homeschool Stake Out

    August 16, 2017 5:04 am Leave a Comment

    We recently ran across this fun video starring editor and educator Eleanor Nicholson, a preview for her course on Dracula for Homeschool Connections, which is an online course supplement for homeschooling families. Watch her intro below–it’s engaging, witty, and worthwhile, whether you’re lining up your literature offerings this Fall or… Read more »

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  4. Sense and Sensibility

    August 16, 2017 4:48 am 1 Comment

    What are two sisters of uncertain fortunes to do when the death of their father exiles their family to live in the countryside of southwestern England? Why, fall in love, of course! Through her deft unraveling of the dramatically different romantic fates of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, Jane Austen displays… Read more »

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    Works of Beauty, Works of Truth: An Interview with Joseph Pearce

    June 1, 2015 1:51 pm 1 Comment

    Joseph Pearce is the author of numerous literary biographies, including books on J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Oscar Wilde, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His passion and enthusiasm for literature is apparent to anyone who has ever met him or read his work. Ignatius Press Novels spoke with him about the Ignatius Critical… Read more »

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  6. John Herreid

    One Weird Trick to Appreciate Art

    May 19, 2015 11:45 am 3 Comments

    “Oh, is that an allusion to the Fall?” “The what?” “The Fall of Adam and Eve.” “Uh, no.” “Is it Persephone in the underworld?” “Who?” It was around ten years ago. I was at an open studio event held in a huge old warehouse in the SOMA neighborhood of San… Read more »

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  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray

    July 22, 2013 1:27 pm Comments Off on The Picture of Dorian Gray

    In true Faustian tradition The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the tale of a young man who sells his soul to the devil in return for youthful immortality, only to discover that the “devil’s bargain” is no bargain at all. “What does it profit a man if he gain the… Read more »

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  8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    July 22, 2013 1:18 pm Comments Off on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is, according to many critics and fond readers, the great American novel. Full of vibrant American characters, intriguing regional dialects and folkways, and down-home good humor, it also hits Americans in one of their greatest and on-going sore spots: the fraught issue of racism…. Read more »

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  9. Gulliver’s Travels

    July 22, 2013 12:59 pm Comments Off on Gulliver’s Travels

    Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is one of the greatest satirical works ever written. Through the misadventures of Lemuel Gulliver, his hopelessly “modern” protagonist, Swift exposes many of the follies of the English Enlightenment, from its worship of science to its neglect of traditional philosophy and theology. Swift’s satire on… Read more »

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  10. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    July 22, 2013 12:51 pm Comments Off on Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe was appalled by slavery, and she took one of the few options open to nineteenth century women who wanted to affect public opinion: she wrote a novel, a huge, enthralling narrative that claimed the heart, soul, and politics of millions of her contemporaries. Uncle Tom’s Cabin paints… Read more »

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