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The 50 in 52 Project continues! I’ve finished The Age of Innocence…up next: The Great Gatsby!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 19th book, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton…only 31 more books to go!

Next up is….The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

For those keeping score: this is book #20, week #21

 

A little info on F. Scott Fitzgerald and his work:

Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896. His work chronicled the Jazz Age, and writer Gertrude Stein considered him one of the Lost Generation of writers (which included his friend Ernest Hemingway) that emerged during the Modernist period. Although primarily known for his magnum opus, The Great Gatsby, as well as his large collection of short stories (164 of them!), he also wrote the novels This Side of Paradise (1920) and Tender is the Night (1934), among others. In Fitzgerald’s works, the present is immediate, and his diction and sometimes complex sentence structures mirrored the jazz and art of his time: fractured yet self-assured. He was married to writer Zelda Fitzgerald, who struggled with mental illness, while he battled alcoholism. Fitzgerald passed way in 1948.

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

 

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A 50 in 52 Project quote!

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

“Each time you happen to me all over again.”

from: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (that’s her in the photo)

 

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished My Antonia…up next: The Age of Innocence

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 18th book, My Ántonia by Willa Cather…only 32 more books to go!
Next up is….The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920)

For those keeping score: this is book #19, week #20

I’m finally in the 1920s, my favorite literary decade!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (scroll down for more info)

A little info on Edith Wharton and her work:

Edith Wharton was born in 1862 in New York. Although she was a modernist, Wharton was heavily influenced by Henry James, who would become a close friend. Wharton was a popular writer, perhaps best known today for The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth (1905), the novella Ethan Frome (1911), among others. She was very prolific: fifteen novels, seven novellas, and eighty-five short stories, plus poetry, criticism, and a memoir. Wharton grew up in New York society, which was the setting for many of her works. Wharton’s modernist approach was to often look in the rearview mirror, what she called her “backward glance,” employing dramatic irony and ambivalence to achieve a warm mixture of reminiscence and criticism. The Age of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. Martin Scorsese directed a beautiful adaptation in 1993 with Daniel-Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder (who was nominated for an Oscar). Edith Wharton passed away in 1937.

 

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

 

Thank you!

 

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

 

“Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.”

from: My Ántonia by Willa Cather (that’s her in the photo)

 

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE.

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man…up next: My Ántonia

The 50 in 52 Project continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 17th book, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce…only 33 more books to go!

Next up is….My Ántonia by Willa Cather (1918)

For those keeping score: this is book #18, week #20

A little info on Willa Cather and her work:
Willa Cather was born in 1873 and grew up in Virginia and Nebraska. Notable among her works: Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927) and the Great Plains Trilogy: O Pioneers! (1913), The Song of the Lark (1915), and My Ántonia. Her work is nostalgic and focused on the small moments that make up a large life. In her novels, beauty and terror frequently fight for space, her characters keenly aware of the brevity of existence. Unlike many other writers during the modernist era, Cather did not go in for experimentation in form or style, yet her writing often has an undercurrent  of existential dread; the characters in her frontier novels are exiles, as removed from society as any from a Joyce, Woolf, or Fitzgerald work. Cather embraced an objective style that favored the story without losing the emotional core, perhaps as a result of her work as a journalist during her early years. Cather passed away in 1947.

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

 

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

 

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington
RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

 

A 50 in 52 Project quote!

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

…I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.

from: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (that’s him in the photo)

 

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you!

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project continues…I’ve finished Howards End…up next: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The 50 in 52 Project continues! (scroll down for more info)

I’ve just finished the 16th book, Howards End by E. M. Forster…only 34 more books to go!

Next up is….A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce (1916)

For those keeping score: this is book #17, week #19

 

A little info on James Joyce and his work:

James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882. If writers like E. M. Forster, Sherwood Anderson, and Joseph Conrad laid the groundwork for the modernist literary movement, Joyce exploded everything around it. His influence cannot be overstated. He used a stream of consciousness technique that was immediate and bold, dispensing with traditional narrative approaches and even punctuation. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was Joyce’s first novel. (The short story collection The Dubliners was his first book.) Joyce’s initial attempt at a novel was Stephen Hero, but he abandoned it, later re-working its themes into Portrait. Joyce’s other two books are: Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Joyce passed away in 1941.

 

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19).

To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

 

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

…while her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea.
from: Howards End by E. M. Forster (that’s him in the photo)

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for 50 in 52 Project blog posts.

Thank you

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

The 50 in 52 Project continues! I’ve finished Heart of Darkness…up next: Howards End!

The 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge continues! (Scroll down for more info.)

I’ve just finished the 15th book, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad…only 35 more books to go!

Next up is….Howards End,by E. M. Forster (1910)

For those keeping score: this is book #16, week #19

NOTES:

The “modernist era” is finally here! Although modernism occurred roughly 1900 – 1939, the 1920s was when everything exploded. There are 10 more modernist authors coming up! Here’s a little info on modernism: https://www.britannica.com/art/Modernism-art. The concerns, themes, worries, and conceits were also explored in music, painting and other fine arts, and architecture.

A little info on E. M. Forster and his work:
E. M. Forster was born in London in 1879. While at King’s College, he became part of an informal but highly influential set, the Bloomsbury Group, which included Virginia Woolf, art critic Clive Bell, and painter Roger Fry, among others. Although he had one foot in Realism, he explored modern existential crises and mysticism in his books. Probably the most conservative of the modernists stylistically, Forster considered himself a humanist and through that lens he tackled modern concerns, such as feminism and sexual identity. Forster passed away in 1970.

INFO:

The 50 in 52 Project is a fundraiser for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19). I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. Sponsors don’t have to pay anything until after the Challenge finishes (6/1/19). To sponsor me, click HERE. For more info and a list of the 50 books, go to the posting pinned to the top of the official 50 in 52 Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Blog: www.michaelpatrickharrington.com/blog/

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project
GoodReads: goodreads.com/michaelpatrickharrington

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN

 

#50-in-52
#RAINN

 

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

A 50 in 52 Project Quote!

He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision—he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath—‘The horror! The horror!’

from: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (that’s him in the photo)

What is the 50 in 52 Project Reading Challenge?

I challenged myself to read 50 books in 1 year (6/1/18 to 6/1/19) to raise money for RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).

I’m asking folks to sponsor me by pledging a $ amount per book I read. You choose the amount. You don’t have to pay until after 6/1/19. To sponsor me & make a pledge, click HERE. Be the hero in someone else’s story!

For more info, see the post pinned to the top of the 50 in 52 Project Facebook page.

Click HERE for the 50 in 52 blog posts.

Thank you!

#50-in-52
#RAINN

Twitter: @50_in_52Project
Instagram: 50_in_52_Project

RAINN on Twitter: @RAINN