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Edward Robert Hughes, R.A. (1851-1914) Current Exhibition

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Edward Robert Hughes, Painter, albumen carte-de-viste, 1870s, by Maull & Co., NPG
One of my favorite painters whose paintings are instantly recognizable and seen worldwide!  You may not know the name but you definitely love his paintings...Trust me...we all do!  Edward Robert Hughes was a nineteenth-century painter living at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. He was the nephew of another brilliant painter, also elusive, named Arthur Hughes. Edward for a brief time worked as studio assistant to Pre-Raphaelite painter, William Holman-Hunt. 
Night with her Train of Stars and her Great Gift of Sleep by Edward Robert Hughes, 1912
Twilight Fantasies by Edward Robert Hughes, 1911
Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes, 1908
Betruccio's Bride by Edward Robert Hughes, 1895
Everyone loves his paintings and have seen them on book covers, greeting cards, etc.  So, on to the current exhibit now running through 6th of May, 2014. TWO WEEKS ONLY go visit this exhibit and see such beauty up-c…

Charlotte Brontë (April 21,1816-March 31,1855) Poems on her birthday!

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One of the most important nineteenth-century women, Charlotte Bronte, one of the Bronte Sisters, was born in West Yorkshire, England, on this day in 1816. Today her novel, Jane Eyre, is still loved, analyzed, discussed, and made into several movie versions. I also loved her novel, Villette, which really needs more recognition as it deals with more of her personal life.

I thought it would be fun to share some of her poetry as a remembrance of such an incredible woman instead of discussing her life and or novels. So, here are some of my favorites... Mementos ARRANGING long-locked drawers and shelves
Of cabinets, shut up for years,
What a strange task we've set ourselves !
How still the lonely room appears !
How strange this mass of ancient treasures,
Mementos of past pains and pleasures;
These volumes, clasped with costly stone,
With print all faded, gilding gone;

These fans of leaves, from Indian trees­
These crimson shells, from Indian seas­
These tiny portraits, set in …

My review of Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

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An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale’s first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition, retaining her youth and beauty by the blood of young red-haired girls.

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of parsley, winter cress and rapunzel from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena L…

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: From yesterday to today!

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BBC's Jamaica Inn coming to BBC One
With the upcoming BBC production of Jamaica Inn to be aired over three consecutive nights beginning 21 April - 23 April, 2014 on BBC One, I thought it best to shed some light on what inspired Daphne du Maurier to write Jamaica Inn in the first place. 
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The very first book of Daphne's that I ever read was Jamaica Inn. During a 15 minute study break in grammar school, I walked straight into the library room, went to the nearest shelf and my eyes began searching. There it was in full cover glory, 'Jamaica Inn' by Daphne du maurier. I picked it up, sat down at the desk and started reading. Immediately, I met Mary Yellan and a place called Helford River where the word 'cornish' changed my world. I was ten years old. When I went home, I asked my mom to buy me a copy of Jamaica Inn and she did. Thus, began my journey into the dark, Gothic, romantic world of Daphne du Maurier.
I was neve…

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth - A Review!

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One of the great untold love stories - how the Grimm brothers discovered their famous fairy tales - filled with drama and passion, and taking place during the Napoleonic Wars.Growing up next door to the Grimm brothers in Hesse-Cassel, a small German kingdom, Dortchen Wild told Wilhelm some of the most powerful and compelling stories in the famous fairy tale collection. Dortchen first met the Grimm brothers in 1805, when she was twelve. One of six sisters, Dortchen lived in the medieval quarter of Cassel, a town famous for its grand royal palace, its colossal statue of Herkules, and a fairytale castle of turrets and spires built as a love nest for the Prince-Elector's mistress. Dortchen was the same age as Lotte Grimm and the two became best friends.In 1806, Hesse-Cassel was invaded by the French. Napoleon created a new Kingdom of Westphalia, under the rule of his dissolute young brother Jérôme. The Grimm brothers began collecting fairy tales that year, wanting to save…

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: A Review!

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