Tania Runyan – Writers on the Classics #15

April 26, 2013 — Leave a comment


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The Tempest
William Shakespeare


O, brave new world that has such people in’t! I love visiting many Shakespeare plays, but if I had to choose one to live in, this island brimming with fantastical characters and serious social commentary would get my one-way ticket.

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales

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Right around the time Disney renewed its aggressive takeover of childhood “imagination” in the early 90s with heavy hitters like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, I read Hans Christian Anderson. As a college student, I was mesmerized by the power of these stories and disappointed I had never read them as a kid. I felt sorry for all the Ariel-toting little girls who didn’t know about the real little mermaid evaporating into eternal beauty.

Toni Morrison
Intensely heart-wrenching from start to finish, this psychological novel of slavery, memory, and mothers and daughters has never stopped haunting me.

Tania’s book:


A Thousand Vessels: Poems

Was named a 2012 Englewood Honor Book… See our review.  See the full list of 2012 Honor Books.

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