When once asked if he read novels, philosopher Gilbert Ryle responded: "Oh yes, all six every year." Ryle didn't live in a time where there were only six published novels. What he meant was that there were only six novels worth reading—and those were the six novels of Jane Austen. December 16, 2015 marks Austen's 240th birthday.
Downton Abbey fans have been asked since season one to consider the lives of the Edwardian aristocracy and their servants. Yet only recently have we been exposed to another group of Edwardians: with the arrival of Sybbie, George, and Marigold, fans are now getting glimpses of the life of the Edwardian child. We see how they dress and the rules that govern their lives. Yet given the literary allusions throughout the series, some of us at the Children’s Library wondered: what books might Sybbie, George, and Marigold have read?
Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, aka Maggie Smith, was born December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. She is a highly respected actress, winner of 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 SAG Awards, and a Tony. Her films have ranged from the serious to the comedic. She currently stars in the television series Downton Abbey. Check out one of the titles from her vast filmography today!
A video game version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald treasure, The Great Gatsby, made for the Nintendo NES, was unearthed at a garage sale and is now available to play online. Fitzgerald is admittedly one of my favorite authors, Gatsby a classic I hold dear, plus I'm a big geek, so I admit my bias, but anyone would have fun playing this game!