Enoch Arden by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1864)

Enoch Arden is a narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, published in 1864 during his stint as England’s longest-serving Poet Laureate. Tennyson borrowed the story from poet, sculptor, and founder-member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Thomas Woolner. As I read this poem, I wondered: exactly how did this excessively-melancholy tale crop up in conversation between these…

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis

This week’s Random Book of the Week, fittingly for Easter Sunday, is a play which revisits one of the Bible’s most controversial episodes by getting some of its main players (even Satan himself) and other historical figures to argue it out in (what sounds like) a modern-day Bronx courtroom. In The Last Days of Judas…

Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (1859)

Oblomov is the story of a very likeable but lazy Russian aristocrat who spends his days lounging at home in his dressing gown. No, not just when he’s nursing a stinking hangover which the usual cure of a salt ‘n’ vinegar crisp sandwich fails to remedy. EVERY DAY. The depth of Oblomov’s inertia spawned the…