On My Shelf: Life and Books with Karen Swallow Prior

Matt Smethurst | June 7, 2016

On My Shelf is a series that helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers.

I corresponded with Karen Swallow Prior—professor of English at Liberty University, research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States—about what’s on her nightstand, her favorite fiction, what she’s learning about following Jesus, and more. 

What's on your nightstand right now? 

What are your favorite classic works of literature and why?

Asking this of an English professor is like asking a preacher what his favorite Bible verse is! I’ve written a great deal of my love for Jane Eyre, largely because of its formative role as I was figuring out who I was as an individual and as a Christian. I never tire of reading Charles Dickens or Jonathan Swift. Both of them, in different ways, display profound social vision and understanding of human nature. Their…

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