At Sepulchritude, we are all of us voracious readers. This list consists entirely of books that I am reading, are about to read, or have read recently. They clutter my shelves and spill onto the floor. I usually have 4-5 volumes I am working on at one time. New Books will be linked to Amazon.com for further reviews & purchasing info.

- Kallisti

2001 Reading List  
The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

by Janet Todd

Aphra Behn, if'n ya don't know, was the first woman to earn her living entirely as a writer. Her career spanned one of the most carefree & bawdy periods in english history, the Restoration. Not many bio's of her, and this is the first one written in 15-20 years, so I am hoping for new juicy bits of information.

 

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Tom Jones (Wordsworth Classics)

by Henry Fielding

A book I've been meaning to dive into for years but found its 1000 pages daunting. I shouldn't have! One of the easiest, most entertaining reads ever.

 

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Joseph Andrews and Shamela

by Henry Fielding

Fielding's spoof on Richardson's "Pamela" is priceless!

 

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Hogarth and His Times : Serious Comedy

by David Bindman

Hogarth & Fielding go hand in hand. It is no surprise that Fielding frequently references Hogarth's characters.

 

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Balsamic Dreams: A Short But...

by Joe Queenan

Book discovered by Bat! A wicked and sardonic book bashing Baby Boomers. Emminently quotable, and leaves one with that cat who swallowed the canary feeling.

 

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The Hidden Library of Tanith Lee

by Mavis Haut

Brilliant deconstruction of Tanith Lee's most popular and complicated works. Sites sources, historical and mythological.

 

 
White As Snow (Fairy Tale Series)

by Tanith Lee

Strange historical retelling of the Snow White story.

 

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Restoration London : Engaging Anecdotes...

by Liza Picard

Using Pepys' diaries as a base, Picard disects and details everyday life in Restoration London. One of my favorite reads of the last year.

 

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Dr. Johnson's London : Coffee-Houses and...

by Liza Picard

Similar to above, utilizing the diaries of Sam Johnson. Amazing details about the most intricate aspects of daily London life in the mid-eighteenth century.

 

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The Gormenghast Novels

by Mervyn Peakes

I couldn't resist after the recent release of the BBC series. Filled with vigor & wit, extremely engaging.

 

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On Histories and Stories

by A.S. Byatt

A collection of essays exploring the value of and technique of historical fiction.

 

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The Liar

by Stephen Fry

This one was recommended by the Marquis. One of the funniest novels I've read in a long, long time. Typical english wit that will have you clutching your gut and running for the dictionary at the same time.

 

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Aristocrats : Caroline, Emily, Louisa, Sarah

by Stella Tillyard

Brilliantly researched biography of four eighteenth century aristocratic sisters, based upon their letters & correspondence. Lots of tiny details about women's life & perspective.

 

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The Friendly Jane Austen

by Natalie Tyler

Best thing since "What Jane Austen Ate & Charles Dickens knew." The cover etching is darling as well.

 

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Ingres in Fashion

by Aileen Ribeiro

Exquisite & expansive exploration of the details of Ingres costumes & apparel.

 

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Cultures of Darkness : Night Travels in the Histories of Transgression

by Bryan D. Palmer

Historical exploration of what happens at night.

 

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LA Divine Comtesse : Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione

Astonishing collection of photographs of the enigmatic and vain 19th century Comtesse. Gorgeous.

 

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Explosive Acts

David Sweetman

Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Felix Feneon, and the Art & Anarchy of the Fin de Siecle.

 

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Cruddy

Lynda Barry

Anyone familiar with Lynda Barry's comeeks will love, love, LOVE this book. Sick, sad & strangely poignant novel.

 

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