Episode 10: The Literary Life of Kelly Cumbee

In this episode of The Literary Life, Cindy and Angelina interview their long time friend and fellow reader, Kelly Cumbee. Kelly is a wife and homeschooling mother of seven who has given herself a highly literary education. Together they discuss how Kelly started reading at a very young age and the kinds of books she loved as a child. Kelly talks about her love for Edmund Spenser and how she began reading Spenser with her children. Angelina asks about Kelly’s background and how she makes connections throughout her conversations and her reading.

Another topic of conversation is how Kelly made time for books throughout the different seasons of life and how she didn’t really start reading “hard books” until later in life. They wrap up the conversation discussing what Kelly is currently reading and with more encouragement to read widely and make connections.

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Summer of the Short Story:

Ep 11: “Araby” by James Joyce

Ep 12: “A Defence of Penny Dreadfuls” by G. K. Chesterton

Ep 13: “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield

Ep 14: “Adventures of a Shilling” by Joseph Addison

Ep 15: “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant

Ep 16: “Why I Write” by George Orwell

Ep 17: “The Celestial Omnibus” by E. M. Forster

Ep 18: “Vulture on War” by Samuel Johnson

Amoretti XXIII

by Edmund Spenser

Penelope for her Ulisses sake,
Deviz’d a Web her wooers to deceave:
In which the worke that she all day did make
The same at night she did again unreave:
Such subtile craft my Damzell doth conceave,
Th’ importune suit of my desire to shonne:
For all that I in many dayes doo weave,
In one short houre I find by her undonne.
So when I thinke to end that I begonne,
I must begin and never bring to end:
For with one looke she spils that long I sponne,
And with one word my whole years work doth rend.
Such labour like the Spyders web I fynd,
Whose fruitless worke is broken with least wynd.

Book List:

A White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldrich

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

The Secular Scripture by Northrop Frye

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges

The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

The Space Trilogy (The Ransom Trilogy) by C. S. Lewis

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

Realm of Numbers by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

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  • Valerie (Kyriosity)

    SIXTEEN??? Lillian is SIXTEEN??? 😱 Girrrrrl, it’s been too long since I’ve seen your kids! 😭

    Oh, and the rest of the interview was superfun to listen to. My to-read list grows ever longer.

  • Wendy

    Thank you, ladies. I am a homeschool mama and was just so encouraged to hear all of your stories and honesty about your education, reading life then and now, and how it is possible to redeem your own education when homeschooling your children. I am just so inspired to find out more about how I can go deeper in teaching my children classically. Many blessings to you.

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