Four Links: Carole King, National Woman Suffrage Parade, Edward Phillips Oppenheim, & Roman Historical Novels

It is Women’s History Month.

I have done nothing to celebrate it.

I am not reading any histories of suffragists or the new biography of Margaret Fuller, though those are important.

Instead I am thinking about Carole King, one of the best, most successful, and influential American singer-songwriters.

King’s memoir, A Natural Woman, is on my TBR.

Here is a link to her website.

And here is a video of Carole King singing, ” (You Make Me Feel like) a Natural Woman.”

2.  Below is a photo of The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913, “the first civil rights parade to use the nation’s capital as a backdrop.  “Read about it at:  http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

National Woman Suffrage parade

3.  Do you ever feel like going to manybooks.net just to see what books are featured?

Today I found The Profiteers by Edward Phillips Oppenheim, who was a popular writer of genre fiction and thrillers.

Here’s an excerpt:

a tall, pale, beautifully gowned woman who had detached herself from a group close at hand turned towards them.

“It is Lady Dredlinton,” Kendrick whispered in his ear.

“Then I will only say,” Wingate concluded, “that Lord Dredlinton’s commercial record scarcely entitles him to a seat on the Board of any progressive company.”

Well, possibly I won’t read it, but how nice that it’s free if I want to.

4.  I forgot to tell you yesterday to beware the Ides of March yesterday, so I hope instead you will enjoy this list of The 50 Best Historical Novels for a
 Survey of Ancient Roman History.

i-claudiusIt includes Steven Saylor’s Roma, Robert Graves’s I, Claudius, Evelyn Waugh’s Helena, Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series, and several books I’ve never heard of.

2 thoughts on “Four Links: Carole King, National Woman Suffrage Parade, Edward Phillips Oppenheim, & Roman Historical Novels

  1. I was asked to read a passage from Waugh’s ‘Helena’ at a carol service some years ago and so read the entire book in order to be able to contextualise the words I was saying. I’d forgotten until I read this just how much I enjoyed it. Time for a re-read, perhaps.

  2. I love historical novels, though I considered this more a, well, a fable? Helena is so wry about her husband and son. Perhaps it’s one of Waugh’s best.

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