Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Coming Up This Week

This week VL takes on a lofty air as we dive into words, both the use of them in a technical way and the use of them by Masters of … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

One of the reasons I like this poem, which you can read here , is because it’s lighthearted. So much poetry is dark and deep, so it’s a lovely surprise … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Historical Fiction Week on VL

Historical fiction is the closest thing we have to a time machine. When done right, it can transport you to another time and place as if a history book came … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

New Grub Street by George Gissing

Scholarly, anxious Edwin Reardon had achieved a precarious career as the writer of serious fiction. On the strength of critical acclaim for his fourth novel, he has married the refined … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 4 Comments

Group Post:Reading Resolutions

This time of year, many people make resolutions. You know the regular ones-go on a diet or to the gym, eat healthier, learn a new language, tackle whatever big project … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nine St Andrew’s Night Novels

St Andrew’s Night is the lesser-known Scottish cultural festival. The big one is, of course, Burns’ Night, on 25 January, and is usually a feast, with poetry and music. St … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 8 Comments

What We Read on Our Summer Vacation

As you know, the Foxes were on summer break for the month of August, but even though we were doing other activities, being Book Foxes, of course we didn’t leave … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

Though the Foxes have been back from summer break for a little while, they are having trouble shaking off that summer pace, when heat makes everything move slower. In some … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Gilded Chalet by Padraig Rooney

Padraig Rooney’s chatty wander through Swiss history and geography in The Gilded Chalet runs through a lifetime of reading, raking together all the interesting facts he’s collected about Switzerland and literature, … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Women proposing marriage to men in fiction – a Vulpes Libris Random

It had never occurred to me before to make these connections, but this year, just before and just after 29th February, I came across two instances in fiction of women … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses

I worked for my PhD in the later 1980s in an intellectual environment in which New Historicism was only just becoming a thing. Fifteen years later, when I moved back … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 9 Comments

Musings upon the Short Stories of Saki

Having always enjoyed the short stories of Saki, I was hard pressed to select just one to review. As most people know, Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Humument. A treated Victorian novel, by Tom Phillips RA

A coda to this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy was a final room wholly devoted to the project of almost 50 years (and counting) by Tom Phillips RA, … Continue reading

August 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Victorian Fairy Tales – edited by Michael Newton

Fairy tales have been under a presumed threat of extinction for at least a couple of centuries. Each successive generation mourns the modern pressures and loss of innocence that they … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)