Archive | August, 2013

Review of “Two on a Tower” by Thomas Hardy

I have fond memories of reading Hardy’s great novels, The Return of the Native, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure, so I was anxious to read one of his minor novels, a romance titled Two on a Tower that appears on the Lab Lit List.  Published in 1882, this relatively short work of […]

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Review of “Middlemarch” by George Eliot

I have a vivid early memory of George Eliot’s writings. At least five decades ago, my classmates and I were required to read her The Mill on the Floss. I remember that we were assigned a certain number of pages each day and discussed them in class the next. Like my friends, I shared their […]

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Review of “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis

I read Sinclair Lewis’s classic so long ago, I’m not sure how old I was at the time.  Reading it now, in the context of a career in science and the critical focus of fiction about science, I was both surprised and perplexed.  Surprised, because I had remembered so little and perplexed by what I […]

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More on Genres and Subgenres

Several things happened in the last week that started me thinking again about my earlier description of lab lit as a genre or subgenre. The first was an email discussion about scientists as fiction writers. The next was Jerri’s comment on my recent review of Simon Mawer’s novel, Mendel’s Dwarf. Another was something I read […]

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