"All this she must possess, and to all this she must yet add something more
substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading."--Mr. Darcy
in Pride and Prejudice.
Essays and papers that I have written
A Comparison of the
Heroes of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist--This link takes you to
a page on Lake Forest College's website, where my essay, which won LFC's Freshman
Writing Contest during my first year in college, is posted.
Smoking: The Bane of Society
Roses in December
From Mars to Venus and Back Again
An Evening of Bliss
Slaves to the Scale
New President, New Opportunities
Discovering America's Musical Language: A History of Dvorak's Visit to the New World
Miss Austen Goes to Hollywood: Dissecting the "Jane Austen Craze" of the 1990s
"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."--Mortimer J. Adler
The Pemberley Bookshelf--Here I've put together a
list of recommended reading for adults and children, with short synopses/reviews
of my favorite books. Happy reading!
The Internet Public Library--A digital library for those of you who prefer a computer screen to the smell of leather bindings! Here you will find on-line texts, newspapers, magazines, and literary criticism.
The On-Line Books Page--This useful site features over 16,000 books, as well as news, features, archives, and more!
Shakespeare--This on-line collection includes the "Master's" complete works.
Poets' Corner--A wonderful
virtual library of poetry, with 6,700 works and 780 poets.
Qrisse's Edgar Allen Poe Pages--Read the complete works of the brilliant creator of "The Raven." Also features
biographical info, criticism, and a Poe chatroom.
Sherlockian.Net--The most comprehensive
source on the web for info about the greatest sleuth of all time, Sherlock Holmes,
and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
"Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty
spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors."--Joseph Addison
Jane Austen and other classic novelists
The Republic of Pemberley--"Your haven
in a world programmed to misunderstand obsession with things Austen." Here you
are among friends! Includes discussion groups for each novel and a beautiful
Emma adaptations page.
Jane Austen Info Page
--A sub-page of the Republic of Pemberley and a safehaven for Austenmaniacs like myself! All the info under the sun
about Jane and her writings.
Emma Adaptations &c.--Yet another sub-page! This is a beautiful site about the various film and television adaptations of Austen's novel Emma; it contains full scripts, classic quotes, stills and sounds, soundtrack info, and anything else you'll ever need to know about these movies! (By the way, the best version is referred to as "Emma Two.")
The Bronte Sisters Web--The best resource on the web for information about Charlotte Bronte, the author of one of my favorite novels, Jane Eyre, as well as her two sisters. Here you can read all of the novels and poems, and you will also find information about Haworth, the Bronte home in Yorkshire, and the Bronte Society.
The Anne of Green Gables
Webpage--This site, devoted to the wonderful Kevin Sullivan films, includes cast
bios, scripts, and pictures/sounds from the movies.
Hill Place--A fascinating page on the life and works of Charles Dickens,
with on-line texts, a "Daily Dose of Dickens," and great Dickensian quotes.
"It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything
."--Lord Henry P. Brougham
My Favorite Quotes--Here I have collected some of my
own favorite quotations, ranging from the philosophical to the hilarious. (Check
back often, since I'm constantly adding new quotes!)
TPCN Quotation Center
--An extensive collection of quotes to "inspire and empower you." Search
by author or subject.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations--
Passages and phrases from ancient and modern literature.
The Quotations Page--This
site features Quotes of the Day, Quotes of the Week, a quote search, and more.
"To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful,
ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry