Friday, January 27, 2012

Ten of the best seductions in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best seductions in literature.

One novel on the list:
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

We do not exactly see the seduction of Little Em'ly by handsome, heartless Steerforth, for the young David does not understand what he is witnessing. He sees her "listening with the deepest attention, her breath held, her blue eyes sparkling like jewels, and the colour mantling in her cheeks". The trouble is that Em'ly wants to be a lady, so cannot resist a gentleman.
Read about another novel on the list.

David Copperfield is one of Elizabeth Gilbert's six favorite books. It appears on Mullan's lists of ten of the best trips to Canterbury in literature and ten of the best valets in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue