2013 - Classics, VOLUME 6

Tania Runyan – Writers on the Classics #15

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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.

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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.

[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”0307264882″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NOL-o4aPL.jpg” width=”208″] [easyazon-link asin=”0307264882″ locale=”us”]Beloved[/easyazon-link] 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:
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[easyazon-link asin=”1602260095″ locale=”us”]A Thousand Vessels: Poems[/easyazon-link]

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

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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