Monthly Archives: September 2016

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

    The attached Word document (below) contains an inventory of Dreiserana — books and materials by, about, and related to the author Theodore Dreiser — in my personal library. Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945) was an American novelist whose best known … 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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