In light of National Library Week, book enthusiast Modern Mrs. Darcy shares the history of Carnegie Libraries. He funded no less than 1,689 libraries over a three decade period that librarians refer to as the golden age of the American public library system. Check the list to see if there is one in your community.
A Quiet Passion, the film celebrating the life of Poet Emily Dickinson premiered last week. You can watch the trailer here and read Emily Dickinson's poetry for free on Project Gutenberg. It's likely not a coincidence that the movie came out during national poetry month, but I hope it stays in theaters long enough to watch the film with my mom over mother's day weekend.
Two fantastic articles out this week on feminism in literary journals. The piece from the Electric Lit about feminism in civic memory is a must-read exploration of how fathers—forefathers, the holy father, our own fathers, shape the lives of women. The piece from The Paris Review, "The Feminine Heroic", is from Megan Mayhew Bergman’s column on naturalism. In her essay, "she discusses how women, often excluded from adventure narratives, carve out their own heroic space."
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