Monthly Archives: September 2016

inventory of Dreiserana (books, etc. by and about Theodore Dreiser) in Roger W. Smith’s personal library

      inventory of Dreiserana in my private library     The attached Word document (above) contains an inventory of Dreiserana — books and materials by, about, and related to the author Theodore Dreiser — in my personal library. … Continue reading

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A Seventeenth Century Biographical Sketch of William Shakespeare

    “William Shakespeare” by John Aubrey   Mr William Shakespeare Mr William Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon in the county of Warwick. His father was a butcher and I have been told heretofore by some of the neighbours that … Continue reading

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On Reading Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy”

    I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from a lifetime of reading and I feel I have excellent taste. I also … Continue reading

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“I love children”

    “I love children, and people of no importance: but I’m always up against those who boast of wealth.”   — The Autobiography of a Turkish Girl by Reşat Nuri Güntekin, translated by Sir Wyndham Deedes    

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A Response to the “Cultural Appropriation” Zealots

  fiction-and-identity-politcs-lionel-shriver-sppech   Attached in the above Word document is the full text of a speech by author Lionel Shriver, “Fiction and Identity Politics,” which Ms. Shriver delivered at the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 8, 2016. As noted in … Continue reading

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My Father’s Career as a Musician

  A message from someone who read a post on this blog, asking about my father’s career as a musician, prompted me to respond as follows:   — Roger W. Smith       September 2016       ****************************************************************   re … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “A Commentary on Nathaniel Philbrick’s Observations about ‘Moby-Dick'”

  I have been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? (2011). Philbrick is a great admirer of Herman Melville. He states, in the first chapter, that he has read Melville’s novel Moby-Dick “at least a dozen times.” I read Moby-Dick … Continue reading

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