PUBLISHED: Filia Regis et Monstrum Horribile, A Latin Novella


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Where to purchase:

It is available through Amazon if you simply must have it quickly, or use your Prime shipping.  An alternative is to purchase the book from my Createspace store—Amazon doesn’t take a big bite of the royalties that way.  But it’s up to you.

What is it, exactly?

This is a novel, written in Latin, designed to be ready easily by beginning or intermediate Latin students.  I teach in comprehensible input context (TPR, TPRS, TCI, etc.), and therefore the novel contains highly sheltered vocabulary (it uses about 125 unique Latin words, including cognates), and relatively unsheltered grammar (simple forms of the subjunctive, indirect statement, passive voice, etc.).  This book can obviously be used in any Latin program or as an aid to independent study—to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “Latin is Latin is Latin.” Whatever the methodology used in the classroom, this novel was meant to be read, not translated.

My main goal is to get this book on your classroom shelf and into your students hands.  I plan to spend the foreseeable future writing and publishing as many of these novels as I can on a variety of levels, to help provide Latin students with tons of options for reading.  Latin teachers have a long way to go to compete with the extensive reading options available for modern languages.

Also, most of the stuff written for Latin learners (textbooks, readers, etc) are too hard to read for beginning students. This has nothing to do with lazy students, lax standards, rigor, work ethic, etc.  Acquisition works on its own time table, and is limited to the amount of interaction a student gets with the language.  Most of these beginner texts move too fast and assume too much knowledge on the reader.  Sure, if given enough time, motivation, and help, students can eventually translate or decode these texts—but that’s not reading.


The Origin and Purpose(s) of the Novel

I wrote this Latin novel with my Latin I students specifically in mind—I wanted a novel that they could read independently second semester of Latin I, after extensive TPR, TPRS, and other comprehensible input activities.  The idea for the novel began when I was looking over the stories that my Latin I students and I had created over the course of the semester, and was surprised to discover how many words are they had acquired and actually used fairly frequently: a word here and there really adds up over the course of the semester!   I wanted a text that they could read that would specifically sui them at this particular time.  I began writing “Psyche” as a short story, something that would provide interesting CI for a couple of weeks with the right activities organized around it.  Eventually this grew and grew into its final long form.  I kept those students stories before me at all times, to make sure that I wasn’t straying too far from what my students had acquired.

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