Friday, January 07, 2011
This week's question comes from Debbie at Reader Buzz:
How did you find your way to reading literary fiction and nonfiction?
I was fortunate in that I had parents who were readers. While they were primarily interested in genre fiction (mysteries and science fiction) we had a library at home (one wall of our living room was one continuous set of book shelves) that included literary fiction and nonfiction that included a variety of authors: Dante, the Bronte sisters, Poe, Lewis Carroll, Carl Van Doren, William Shirer and others. In addition I had my own library from an early age with children's classics like the Grimm brothers, Andersen, Stevenson, Twain, Kipling and a variety of others. With this start I remember spending time every summer at the public library reading British history and in school becoming acquainted with an ever widening circle of authors. My early interest continued to be reinforced by what I can only attribute to a genetic disposition toward bibliophilia. One which was only truly satisfied with more and more challenging reading. In closing let me leave you with a stanza from one of my favorite poems, learned as a child.
From A Child's Garden of Verses
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.