Advice from Edith Wharton

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before; for though one of the instincts of youth is imitation, another, equally imperious, is that of fiercely guarding against it. In this respect, the novelist of the present day is in danger of being caught …

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On the Supposed Unsuitability of Fairytales for Adults

My dear Lucy,I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old …

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On the Supposed Unsuitability of Fairytales for Children

Shortly after supporting a local library event promoting fairytale literature, the folklore department at Lightfoot College received an animated communication from a very concerned mother regarding, in short, the "unsuitability of fairytales for children."  As this seems to be a rather widespread idea (I might mention the Daily Telegraph article of February 12, 2012) as well as an oddly …

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The Backslid Bachelor’s

http://www.thebestcolleges.orgrecently numbered the college from which I undergraduated, William & Mary, among the overall “Top Five” in the United States. W&M normally ranks highly, but this is our highest unqualified ranking to date for quite a number of years – not counting ye olden days when it was just us and Harvard.Normally, alums greet such …

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Long Meals Together

Written for - though not currently appearing on - Lea Hannah's blog Eat.Grow.Live.Once upon a time,People held the idea of hospitality in such high esteem that if, say, your sworn enemy came to your home in disguise, and you invited him in (which you would do, of course, because you would invite in any and every …

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