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Coming Soon: Gothic Lit

As you plan your reading for the coming months, please take note that the last two weeks of October (tentatively planned for October 17-28) will feature a tour of Pre-Victorian Gothic Literature (published before about 1840)

Pre-Victorian Gothic literature includes

  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole’s
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho or The Romance of the Forest by Anne Radcliffe
  • The Monk by Matthew Lewis
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • And much more.

We’ll be preparing an introductory form with more reading ideas, book summaries, and links to online reviews.  Sign up will begin (probably) at the end of next week. Stay tuned!

If you want to help pull together book lists, write book summaries, and/or find quotes from bloggers or reviewers online, please send me an email at rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com.


Coming Soon….John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

Coming soon is a tour celebrating the writings of John Steinbeck! Sign up will be in the coming week or two, and the tour will run the last weeks of July or early August.

If you’d like to help pull together the introductory document about John Steinbeck, send me an email at rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com. Help is needed mostly this coming week.

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Psst….Coming Soon

Nicole from Linus Blanket is busy working on the introduction post to our next Classic Circuit Tour, and it’s going to be a fun tour. Sign up will be soon.

Two of our favorite English authors will be dueling in this tour. Which authors come to mind when you think of greatest English writers?

None other than England’s own….

Jane Austen


Charles Dickens

It’ will be an Austen versus Dickens show down. The tour should be in early to mid May. More information coming soon!

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America's Lost Generation Button

Sign up has closed for America’s Lost Generation tour. If you missed out and still want to join, send me an email at rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com. We currently have a full schedule of participants scheduled from March 21 until April 3, but we can always fit in more classics readers!

The button for this tour is taken from an original cover for The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, written in 1922. (Imaged via Wikipedia, in the U.S. public domain.) The Beautiful and the Damned is about a 1920s socialite and his relationship with his wife, and the illustration of the two elite on this cover are said to be based on Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald themselves.

Since F. Scott Fitzgerald is such a key figure in the Lost Generation, this autobiographical cover image seemed an appropriate one for this Classics Circuit tour.

Happy reading, and I’ll be back to post the schedule once all emails are sent!

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Coming Soon….The Lost Generation

The American literature votes are in. The next tour will be American literature from the Lost Generation of writers, from Hemingway and Gertrude Stein to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ezra Pound. More details about these authors, and sign up, to come soon.

Closely tied for second were American Romanticism and American turn-of-the-century Naturalism, both of which we’ll have to do at another point.

Thanks for voting!

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America, the Beautiful

Photo by cayusa at Flickr

From Ancient Greece we’re traveling to America….but I’m not yet sure just where in time we’re going to stop! Here are four themed tours. Which would you most like to see featured on an upcoming Circuit?

Please note that we’ve had Americans on the lists in the past; we’ll try to give those authors a chance again at some point for future tours. For now, though, these are the authors/themes we’re going to decide from among.

Colonial and Revolutionary Thought: Defining A New Nation

  • Anne Bradford, Phyllis Wheatley, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, Washington Irving.

American Romanticism: A Unique American Style

  • James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, the Transcendentalists.

American Turn-of-the-Century Naturalism: Social Issues in Literature

  • Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Frank Norris

The Lost Generation: Experimentation in Style and Form

  • Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Waldo Pierce

I’d love your input, regardless of whether you will be able to participate in the tour.



Coming in January: Ancient Greek Classics Circuit

The result of the poll is the Ancient Greeks! Our late January Classics Circuit will focus on welcoming the Ancient Greeks to the blogosphere.

Sign up for the Ancient Greek Circuit will be in the middle of December. Check back in a few weeks to sign up. And don’t forget to follow the Trollope tour, starting December 6!

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Choose the Next Circuit: Ancient Classics Survey

Although I haven’t yet determined the exact dates, January’s Classics Circuit will run at the end of January. It’s time for the Classics Circuit to hearken back to the first definition of “Classic,” those works of classical antiquity.

classic: A literary work of Ancient Greece or Rome” (, “classic” definition 1)

Our January tour will focus either on the Greek Classics or the Roman Classics.

It’s All Greek to Me: The Ancient Greeks wrote epic poetry, plays, and histories, including Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, and Sappho.

Roman Holiday: From Virgil to Horace, Ovid, Seneca, and Apuleius, the Romans’ poetry, epigrams, essays, and plays have an integral spot in the Western canon.

Which would you like to see featured on the Circuit?

SURVERY is closed. The next tour will feature the ANCIENT GREEKS.

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Coming Soon: Anthony Trollope Tour

Our Anthony Trollope tour will run from Monday, December 6 to Friday, December 17.

Our button comes from the frontspiece of the first publication of The Last Chronicle of Barset (published 1867).

Here are the blogs Mr. Trollope will be visiting each day.

If you think there is an error below, please leave a comment or send me an email at rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com.  If you’d like to join the tour, please send me an email.

Monday, December 6   things mean a lot Framley Parsonage
Monday, December 6    Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog Miss Mackenzie or Mr. Scarborough’s Family.
Monday, December 6  2,606 Books and counting…… The West Indies and the Spanish Main

Tuesday, December 7  First impressions The Bertrams
Tuesday, December 7  Classics in Context The Claverings

Wednesday, December 8 Lifetime Reading Plan Rachel Ray
Wednesday, December 8 A Few of My Favourite Books Can You Forgive Her?

Thursday, December 9  Fig and Thistle He Knew He Was Right
Thursday, December 9 Desperate Reader Doctor Thorne

Friday, December 10 A Few More Pages The Two Heroines of Plumplington
Friday, December 10 Pining for the West The Belton Estate

Saturday, December 11  Becky’s Book Reviews Lady Anna
Saturday, December 11   Musings Barchester Towers

Sunday, December 12  Stiletto Storytime “Christmas at Thompson Hall”
Sunday, December 12  Reading, Writing, Working, Playing The Warden

Monday, December 13 pages turned The Way We Live Now
Monday, December 13  She Reads Novels Barchester Towers

Tuesday, December 14  Reading Life Cousin Henry
Tuesday, December 14 just add books The Way We Live Now

Wednesday, December 15 Mustard Seed Book Reviews The Christmas Stories (or The Warden)
Wednesday, December 15 Fleur Fisher in her world Cousin Henry
Wednesday, December 15 Books and Chocolate Barchester Towers

Thursday, December 16 Caribousmom The Warden
Thursday, December 16   A Literary Odyssey Barchester Towers
Thursday, December 16  Shelf Love He Knew He Was Right

Friday, December 17 Rebecca Reads Phineas Finn
Friday, December 17     It’s All About Books The Way We Live Now
Friday, December 17 nomadreader The Warden

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Second Chance Survey

The next tour will be one of those persons who lost a previous poll for a Classics Circuit. The sign up will be at the end of October and the tour will run the beginning of December, for one of two weeks.

Please let us know which author(s) you’d like the Classics Circuit to feature. This poll will be open until Friday night, October 15.


The December Circuit will feature ANTHONY TROLLOPE.

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