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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Myers and more--


I am grateful to noted critic D. G. Myers, who first listed Catherwood with best historical novels, then put A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage on a list of best books of 2012, and afterward reviewed the novel.

I'm  also glad of John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture, who introduced the novel to Myers (a fact I learned via Twitter), and who has consistently supported my books.


And now he has posted a response to Paul Elie's article in The New York Times, Has Fiction Lost Its Faith, that includes A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. It's lovely to be in company with Christopher Beha, Marilynne Robinson, Frederick Buechner, and more...


is D. G. Myers? In his own words: A critic and literary historian at the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at the Ohio State University, I am the author of The Elephants Teach and have written for Commentary, Jewish Ideas Daily, the New York Times Book Review, the Weekly StandardPhilosophy and Literature, the Sewanee Review, the Journal of the History of Ideas,American Literary History, and other journals.


to those who commented on the two lost posts! I'll try not to do that again...


Just have to say that I adore singing the soprano part in Benjamin Britten's setting of Robert Southwell's  "This Little Babe" (actually the lines are a portion of "New Heaven, New Warre" (1595.) I do wish Elizabeth had not been so murderous in Southwell's case (hanged, drawn, quartered) but flung him back to the Continent to write more poems. And I also wish that I had had a proper musical education! Nevertheless, it's thrilling to sing this one with a choir.


  1. I'm glad you're singing too. Our rehearsal last night went very well too, a wondrous mix of repertoire for Lesson&Carols on Sunday afternoon, can't wait!

    Congrats on the D.G. Myers response. You deserve it!

  2. Thank you, Beth.

    Oh, I like that--as well as Lessons and Carols, we're also doing a Messiah excerpts concert, and that's a bit terrifying because I've been gone so much.


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.