2022 General Reading: June (+ Old Phuul Update)

Completed reads for June:

  • 4.50 from Paddington, by Agatha Christie
  • Narrations, by Conon
  • The Vampire (poem), by Rudyard Kipling
  • Progress and Poverty, by Henry George
  • A Modest Proposal, by Jonathan Swift
  • The Horla, by Guy de Maupassant
  • Supernatural Horror in Literature, by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Towards Zero, by Agatha Christie
  • Hickory Dickory Death, by Agatha Christie
  • The Lady of the Barge (collection), by W.W. Jacobs
  • Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus, by St Patrick
  • Confession, by St Patrick
  • The Ruin (poem), by Anonymous
  • The Wanderer (poem), by Anonymous
  • The Seafarer (poem), by Anonymous
  • The Wife’s Lament (poem), by Anonymous
  • The Husband’s Message (poem), by Anonymous
  • Wulf and Eadwacer (poem), by Anonymous
  • The Panther (poem), by Anonymous
  • The Whale (poem), by Anonymous
  • Widsith (poem), by Anonymous
  • Deor (poem), by Anonymous
  • Dream of the Rood (poem), by Anonymous
  • Durham (poem), by Anonymous
  • Exeter Book Riddles
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

I have now worked my way through a decent amount of the surviving Old English corpus. Alas, most of what remains is overtly religious poems.

(I would also like to report that the Jacobs collection has exactly one good story in it, the immortal Monkey’s Paw. The rest? It’s garbage).

In terms of work on Old Phuul, I have knocked off another chapter this month. The manuscript is now over 60,000 words. I admittedly have a bad habit of polishing existing material at the expense of writing new first draft material, but it has the side-effect of meaning that I hopefully won’t have much editing work to do when I eventually finish the manuscript. I aim to have it completed this year.

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