The Best Virginia Woolf Stories Everyone Should Read

Previously, we’ve picked the best of Virginia Woolf’s novels and non-fiction works, but she was also a fine writer of very short stories. Although Woolf didn’t write a great amount of short fiction, a number of her short stories are classic examples of early twentieth-century modernism. All five stories are included in The Mark onContinue reading “The Best Virginia Woolf Stories Everyone Should Read”

Frankenstein, 200 Years On: Why Mary Shelley’s Novel Remains So Relevant

In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle revisits Mary Shelley’s misunderstood parable and founding text of science fiction Frankenstein is one of a handful of nineteenth-century fictional creations that went truly global and became ingrained in the popular consciousness. Along with Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, Mary Shelley’s character has flown freeContinue reading “Frankenstein, 200 Years On: Why Mary Shelley’s Novel Remains So Relevant”

The Best D. H. Lawrence Stories Everyone Should Read

Are these D. H. Lawrence’s greatest short stories? D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) wrote novels, short stories, and poems, among many other things. Although he died in his mid-forties – from tuberculosis – he was a prolific writer who left behind a vast body of work, including many short stories. Below, we’ve picked five of Lawrence’sContinue reading “The Best D. H. Lawrence Stories Everyone Should Read”