I was passing through the passages on my return with my basket of keys on my arm when Mr. Jarndyce called me into a small room next his bed-chamber, which I found to be in part a little library of books and papers and in part quite a little museum of his boots and shoes and hat-boxes.
‘Sit down, my dear,’ said Mr. Jarndyce. ‘This, you must know, is the growlery. When I am out of humour, I come and growl here.’ – Charles Dickens, Bleak House
27, female, holder of a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English and Women’s & Gender Studies (subfield: Victorian literature). While I try to figure out how to convert these degrees into meaningful real-world employment, I’ve started a blog in an effort to keep my intellectual pretensions alive by writing book reviews, quasi-academic (read: unresearched and heavily inflected by personal opinion) criticism, and other vaguely literary musings. The name of my blog is an homage to Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and is therefore suitably pretentious in and of itself.
I’m also an imposter—by which I mean, Tamsin isn’t my real name. I currently hold part-time positions as a writer for Shmoop and as a program aide in an LSS center; however, I haven’t completely abandoned the idea of a career in education, and because I occasionally post unflattering things about the educational system, I write under a pen name (the fact that that is something I need to worry about speaks volumes in and of itself). In any case, I came across the name Tamsin while reading The Return of the Native, liked it, and took it.
Like other book reviewers and literary-minded bloggers, I generally include images of the books I’m discussing in my posts. If you object, please let me know and I will remove the offending image immediately.
In the interests of full disclosure, I will also add that I am a member of Amazon’s affiliate program, meaning that if you use the link I provide at the bottom of a book review in order to purchase the book, I will receive a very small portion of the profits. I also sometimes receive free copies of books from publishers in exchange for my opinions. Although this does not influence my review of the book, I make note of it at the end of my posting; all other books I review are either purchased or borrowed from the library.
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