Reading Room

For many circumstances unknown to former times are now working together to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind. They are making it unfit for all voluntary exertion and reducing it to almost the level of a beast. The most serious causes are the great national events which are daily taking place and the mass migration of men into the cities, where the monotony of their work gives them a craving for new and different experiences which the rapid communication of intelligence hourly gratifies. England’s literature and theatrical exhibitions have conformed themselves to this tendency of life and manners. The invaluable works of our elder writers... are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies, and the flood of idle and extravagant stories in verse.

—William Wordsworth (adapted from his Preface to Lyrical Ballads)

This page is now under construction. Visitors may go to the old reading room.


Children’s Literature



Short Fiction