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Weekend Reads: Incredible Bookcases, Symbolism in Books, Subversive Little Women and Joyce’s Dublin

Each weekend we round up some of the best articles or features that you may have missed during the week. Sit down with a coffee (other beverages are available) and enjoy.

Twenty Brilliant Bookcases – (Incredible Things)

Twenty bookcases that have to be seen to be believed.

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in their Works – (Mental Floss)

In 1963 16-year-old Bruce McAllister was sick of symbol-hunting in English class. So rather than quarrel with his teacher, he went straight to the source: McAllister mailed a crude, four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work.

The Mother Of All Girls’ Books – (Prospect)

The supposed secret subversiveness of Little Women.

Colm Tóibín on Joyce’s Dublin – (The Guardian)

Tóibín revisits the city that has become a sacred place to Joyce lovers.