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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Long Ago When I Was Young

Long Ago When I Was Young - E. Nesbit,  Noel Streatfeild,  Edward Ardizzone This is the autobiography of Edith Nesbit, author of many children's books, including "The Treasure Seekers", "Five Children and It", "The Wouldbegoods", and others. Edith (called Daisy) was born in England in 1858. She died in 1924. Her type of writing for children was ground-breaking and new at the time, and she influenced a great number of writers with her unusual brand of whimsy, magic, and fairy tale creatures. These writers included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. If you read Nesbit's books, you can see many threads and ideas that are used in Lewis' books and Tolkien's books. This book is Nesbit's autobiography, and as such it is interesting to find out what childhood memories she writes about. I found it interesting and sad that her childhood was very unsettled and frightening. She endured years of being shuttled off from one boarding school to the next from the time she was 7 years of age until she was about 12. Her oldest sister was ill, and they moved from place to place seeking better locations to live. Because of her "rootless" days, it is an interesting contrast to see the families she writes about always have very strong roots and are always closely united and living in a permanent home. Obviously she appreciated what she herself had not had as a child.While not a great book, it is interesting, and I'd recommend it to anyone who reads her books.