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Two Christmas Books

According to The Bookman, mid 1890s edition, “…In “Beasley’s Christmas Party,” Tarkington wrote another Christmas carol as lovely as McCutcheon’s Mr Bingle.”  Naturally, I had to look these both up.  I was alternately charmed and horrified by Mr. and Mrs. Bingle.  Here’s a charming bit: Mr. Bingle “The Bingles were singularly nephewless, nieceless, cousinless. There […]

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Christmas Reading

The Rose and the Ring The classic Christmas story The Rose and the Ring was written by Thackeray in Rome for the little daughter of the American sculptor William Story. The Blue Bird: a Fairy Play in Six Acts by Maeterlinck The Blue Bird for Children The Wonderful Adventures of Tyltyl and Mytyl in Search […]

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Isaac Watts: On Improving the Mind by Reading

Previously II. The next way of improving the mind is by reading, and the advantages of it are such as these : 1. By reading we acquaint ourselves, in a very extensive manner, with the affairs, actions, and thoughts of the living and the dead, in the most remote nations, and most distant ages, and that […]

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Upton Sinclair

Amazon’s author bio: Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr. (September 20, 1878 November 25, 1968), was an American author and one-time candidate for governor of California who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle […]

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Children’s Reading Habits- 1922

(illustration from The Publishers Weekly, Volume 100, Part 2. Article from a 1922  number of The National School Digest): What Do American Children Read ? Co -operating with the Children’s Book Week Committee, the Bookman offered a series of prizes to children for the best essays on ‘Books I Like to Read.’  The 298 papers […]

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