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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Reading progress update: I've read 62%.

The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

We've left Miss Clack behind and are starting to wind down the tale, though there is much yet to be revealed.


Though I haven't yet researched the author's history much further than basic Wikipedia information, I can't imagine that his portrayal of Miss Clack was based on anything other than personal experience of her type in real life. 


Because of Collins' own highly unconventional relationships with women as well as his artistic history -- his father was a noted painter -- I wondered if he had any direct connection to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  It's been some time since I've accessed my store of research, and I was never all that familiar with some of the fringe members of the PRB.  And sure enough, the connection was there, through John Everett Millais as well as Collins' younger brother, the artist Charles Collins.  Though the elder Collins was not an official member of the PRB, Charles was.


And now to continue. . . . .