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It occurred to me a little while ago that we academics sometimes get caught up in the minutiae of literary theory, analysis, and our own sense of what texts do. To that end, I decided to go back to basics and found myself a good old-fashioned school book report proforma with which to review Lytton’s hollow Earth novel The Coming Race. So, here it is. Enjoy.

This is a simple book report I found online and printed out. Along with the surface reading techniques that it espouses, it also reminded me that almost nobody writes things like this by hand anymore. It felt kind of liberating to do that.


Even though the assignment didn’t ask for it, I thought I might illustrate a scene from the book to show potential readers how exciting the book was.