Dear Nella, I’m impressed by how autobiographical your novel Quicksand is. The protagonist, Helga Crane, much like yourself, is the daughter of a Scandinavian mother and a…… Read more “Somewhere, within her, in a deep recess,”
Nella Larsen, née Nellie Walker (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964), was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. She was born in a poor district… Read more "Nella Larsen"
Dear Elizabeth, This is just a quick note to let you know that I read a posthumous collection of your poems (The Complete Poems, 1927-1979) earlier this…… Read more “Questions of displacement”
Elizabeth Bishop (February 8, 1911 – October 6, 1979) was an American poet and short-story writer. Orphaned during her very early childhood (her father died when she was…… Read more “Elizabeth Bishop”
Hello, lovely readers, Here are some of the reading events and projects I want to take part in (I’ll update this post as I go along and…… Read more “Reading events (January-July/2016)”
Dear Kawabata-san, I first read your novel Beauty and Sadness (transl. by Howard Hibbett) in 2010, and I remember I was not very impressed nor particularly…… Read more “But time flows in many streams,”
Yasunari Kawabata (川端 康成, 11 June 1899 – 16 April 1972) was a Japanese writer. Born in Osaka, into a well-established family, Yasunari was orphaned when he was four. Having… Read more "Yasunari Kawabata"
Margie, dear, The Foolish Gentlewoman was the first of your books I’ve ever read. I knew nothing about you, but when Jane, over at Beyond Eden Rock,…… Read more “The melancholy of change”
Margery Sharp (25 January 1905 – 14 March 1991) was an English writer. She spent part of her childhood in Malta and returned to England in 1914. She… Read more "Margery Sharp"
Ivy, dear, I don’t quite know yet what to think about your writing style. Two Worlds and Their Ways was the first of your books that I…… Read more ““It would be so awkward to come closer””