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  1. I enjoyed reading your blog. You might also be interested in some of the posts on Didimi Communications blog. My partner, Eleni and I started an editing business together, so we are very interested in language, literature and writing. Would it be ok to reblog some of your posts?


  2. Oliver:
    Thanks for following my blog. Happy B’day. Ahh to be 30 again. Now that I think of it maybe I’ll stay as I am – old and wise enough to know how little I know. Great blog. Have a great day!!

    • Thank you, Bill! And yes, the more I know, the more I realise how little I know: the Socratic way is the only way to live, and here at Interesting Literature we rediscover that with every post. Thanks for reading – we really appreciate it.

  3. Howdy, Dear Dr Tearle,

    Thanks for Twitter support.
    I love this list and have now bought two books from Abe, the B Ifor Evans and the Peter Quennell. For your ghosts etc book first need to check on the red wine cellar.
    But no reading allowed until until I’ve finish book three in The Chronicles of Dekaydence – soon to be released as iBooks.
    All good wishes,


  4. Dear Interesting Literature,
    You recently followed by blog Gemini Kid. Thank you for your interest and I hope you found something to takeaway. Your blog looks great and very fully developed, which I will follow and keep an eye on.

    Thanks a lot,

  5. Hello, I am new to the blogging world. I see that you have a good audience on your blog. I am an author and I just published my autobiography. I self published so I need to market it on my own. I want to raise awareness about my book so that it can reach and impact as many people as possible. If you can put this on your blog for your readers I would greatly appreciate it. I see that you have quote the following and it would really help if I had somebody with experience to help me promote my book. Thank you!! If you can even go to my blog and ‘reblog’ my post about my book that would be awesome thank you so much!!

  6. Hello, Interesting Literature,

    I want to say thanks for following me at

    I have to throw in here that if you enjoy my “This Old Spouse” column, I think you’re gonna love this:

    It’s a terrifying story called The Oklo Device.

    At the bottom of the smashwords page you’ll see a link labeled “View” and other download options for mobile readers under reading formats. Take a look at the story; see if you get hooked. If you like the story, please share with others. This is the only way good things happen today–agents and publishers are of the dinosaur era. They’re slow; they’re frightened; and they’ll eat you if you’re not careful. We’re on our own. I truly believe in this book. If you do, too, share it with someone. Thank you!

    And thank you so much, again, for being one of the faithful.

    Best regards,

    Roger White

    “This Old Spouse”

  7. thank you for following me. I’m so impressed and intimidated by your awesome blog. I can’t imagine how much time you spend on making it such a wealth of information. I just write little stories and poems. i hope to publish someday. i hope you enjoy them.

  8. Hi
    I was just looking at your page on Dickens and Catchphrases. I thought you might be interested in hearing that Sam Vale appears as a character in my forthcoming novel Death and Mr Pickwick, which explores the origins of The Pickwick Papers. Wellerisms (or Sam Valerisms) spread like wildfire in 1830s London – and, in the course of researching my novel, I even came across the case of a man who tried to become a professional writer of such phrases. Further information, if you are interested, can be found at:
    Best wishes
    Stephen Jarvis

  9. On your post about Ian Fleming, there is more to the story behind “007.” Sir Francis Walsingham was Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster and he signed all of his notes to her as “007.”

  10. I particularly enjoyed your entry on Guy Fawkes Night, which I came across at another site. You may be interested in my own blog,

  11. Interesting list in November of war poets, and interesting blog overall, but why no Ivor Gurney amongst your wartime list?
    To me he is one of the more interesting educated working class WW1 English poets who was not an officer and wrote some simple and effective war poems, especially contrasting the trenches with the natural world of his beloved peacetime Gloucestershire.

  12. Are there any opportunities to write for Interesting Literature? I would love to be able to contribute something. As per my blog, I specialise in war literature :)

    I’ve been following the site via Twitter for years now and have discovered so many fascinating things!


  13. It’s refreshing to come across a site which champions, inter alia, ghostly and supernatural tales with an appreciation of the terrors lurking in the imagination, where gore and blunt force sit way back in the auditorium.

  14. Hello-Can anyone help-I just heard a quote from a poem that shook me to the core-in the series my mother and other related to don’t leave me for you are my soul and I cannot live without my says it is tennyson.can anyone tell where /which please.

  15. Hi. I enjoyed your blog dated Sep 3 2015 on the origins of the phrase ‘Swings and Roundabouts’. Unfortunately, while the poem is great, I don’t think it can be the origin of the phrase if it was first published in 1912.
    I’m in the middle of reading P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘Love Among the Chicken’s, which was published in 1906. In Chapter 16, when the protagonist, Jerry Garnet, realises that he’s probably done his dash with the object of his affections and he should get back to writing his novel, he remarks philosophically: ‘A man must go through the fire before he write his masterpiece. We learn in suffering what we teach in song. What we lose on the swings, we make up on the roundabouts’. This pre-dates the poem by 6 years.

  16. Thanks. Of course, I meant to write ‘Love Among the Chickens’ (not ‘Love Among the Chicken’s). :)
    The way he uses it rather implies that it’s a well-known phrase already, too.

  17. Love this site, which I just discovered via Ben Yagoda’s “Not One-Off Britishisms.” Is there a way to subscribe to posts by email, please, for those of us who don’t use Facebook? Thanks.

  18. Informative blog … you may be interested in this recent title; Shakespeare’s Global Philosophy by Roger Peters….which uncovers Shakespeare’s profound nature-based philosophy evidenced in the 1609 published Sonnets.

  19. Just finished reading the analysis of Ezra Pound’s poem, “In a Station of the Metro”. I found the analysis intriguing but could not help but notice one glaring error. The poem is actually a three line poem with the title forming the first line. Further, the poem is a variation of the Haiku format. Haiku first became popular in 13th Century as a “Renga” or beginning phrase to a much longer poem (ode) and did not necessarily have any syllable constrictions. In the 16th century the 3/4/5 syllable format became popular which eventually morphed into the 5/7/5 format we see today. Ezra Pound took a liberal interpretation of the Haiku and used it most effectively to produce one of the most significant poems of the 20th century.

    Thanks for your time.


    Gerald Mulligan

    • Thanks for your comment, Gerald. I don’t think you can call what you highlight here an ‘error’, since our analysis does acknowledge Pound’s debt to the haiku. It’s true we don’t discuss the idea that the poem should be read as a three-line piece and I think you’re right, we should! But I (Oliver Tearle) do acknowledge this elsewhere in a discussion of the poem in T. E. Hulme and Modernism: ‘Indeed, like a haiku, “In a Station of the Metro” is really a three-line poem.’ For the reasons you (excellently) outline here :)

  20. Wonderful site, and useful in my writing work. But the link to the post about Bishop Berkeley – who has several pages in my biography of George R. Stewart – goes to a “404 page not found” site. Just JYI. Thanks, Donald M. Scott

    • Thanks, and sorry about that – the Berkeley post was published a little prematurely, but we want to do a bit more research into it before we (re)publish it. We hope to do so not too long in the future! :)

  21. any list of best children’s books is incomplete without Norman Lindsay’s “the Magic Pudding”
    (but,of course,it is from the colonies!)

  22. In your blog on “Anecdote of the Jar”, one aspect that hadn’t been mentioned, but struck me strongly, was the tradition in parts of the South placing jars on gravesite. This tradition is complex, itself, and lends to at least as many interpretations as the poem does.

  23. Re 10 Vict. Novels everyone should read.Suggestio ns/there should B AT Least 1_bk. By
    R .l.Stevenson and A.C.Doyle on there..and..maybe Lady And let’s secret?
    Isa (my name is)hhh


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