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September 22, 2008



I'm enjoying your comments on Bible-reading. I read a fair bit of Victorian didactic literature, as well as proofreading it for Distributed Proofreaders.

I've put particular effort into Susan Warner, who published _The Wide Wide World_ under the pen name Elizabeth Wetherill. Enormously popular book at the time, now forgotten. Available as an e-book, albeit in a bad e-edition. I helped DP do _Melbourne House_. Many of the rest of her books are available as PDFs through Google books.

Um, now, where was I? Ah yes, Bible reading. Warner is definitely of the "just read the Bible and all will be clear" persuasion. No guidance necessary. In some of her books the seeker finds a true gospel minister and congregation (denomination never named, but must be Presbyterian or Congregationalist). In her later books, her characters seem to operate in a religious void. They are assertively Christian, but attend no congregation and consult the opinion of no minister. Not needed, because everything can be found in the Bible.

I don't know if you're at all interested in American didactic fiction. If your remit extends that far, you might be interested in reading some Susan Warner, if only because she was popular in the UK as well (in pirated versions that never paid her penny; she lived in poverty).

Susan Sanford

If I can quote from pop culture,

Fearing not I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach

Also interesting to see conviction/loyalty examined in the Amin Maalouf book "In the name of Identity"

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