Welcome to Maria Vigornia’s Journal: The Ramblings of a Reader. In some ways, the title says it all: this blog records a personal ramble through the books I am reading or have read and includes, occasionally, my responses to movies, plays, art galleries, and so forth. I may at times even comment on life in general, but my main focus is books.
If you have found this page at random, then perhaps it will interest you to know that I taught undergraduate English composition and literature for thirty years before retiring. Beginning my professional life with a background in the mediaeval and renaissance periods, I retired having become engaged primarily with British fiction. Still (dare I say it?) enchanted by fairy tales, dream visions, romances, and moralities, I value fiction examining the battle for the souls of both individuals and societies.
What more should I say? That I enjoy a glass of champagne from time to time? That I make all my own bread? That I live in Canada but reveal British origins whenever I speak? That Maria in the case of this persona should be pronounced Ma rye ah?
Well, there are a couple of things that should be said: my opinions, unless otherwise acknowledged, are mine alone as are any images included here, and I hope that my conclusions on life in literature afford you at least something to think about.