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The voice behind The Snail on the Wall is Lady Vowell Smith, PhD.

At one time or another, I’ve called myself a writer, editor, teacher, student, literary critic, academic. Depending on the time and place, each of those titles has fit. For now, though, I’m swearing off titles and focusing on the thing itself: sharing ideas about what to read and why. I offer literary criticism for a range of readers, from book club members to escapists to serious bibliophiles.

If you’re wondering why a snail on the wall, think no further than Virginia Woolf. Her story “The Mark on the Wall” is a meditation on life, death, history, art, war, gender, and more—all inspired by a mysterious spot on a living room wall that turns out to be a snail. “How readily our thoughts swarm upon a new object, lifting it a little way, as ants carry a blade of straw so feverishly, and then leave it . . . ” Indeed, one small snail can lead to a world of new ideas.

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