Category Archives: literature

Swift

    Jonathan Swift is the one of the greatest satirists English literature has ever seen. (Juvenal an ancient rival.) How many times can one read Gulliver’s Travels and not be bored or not fail to be entertained. The answer: … Continue reading

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Thoreau’s last journal

      From age 20 on, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) copiously kept a journal in which he recorded his observations about nature and his thoughts. The journal provided the grist for some of his finest writings. The following is … Continue reading

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was Walt Whitman “politically corrected”?

      As noted in a recent New York Times article “In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass” By Jennifer Schuessler The New York Times, February 20, 2017     Zachary Turpin, … Continue reading

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“Hávamál” (“Sayings of the High One”; translated from Old Norse)

      ‘Sayings of the High One’     “Hávamál” (“Sayings of the High One”) is contained in the Codex Regius, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. Codex means an ancient manuscript in book form. … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “On Rereading Theodore Dreiser’s ‘An American Tragedy’ “

    This post is also available as a downloadable Word document (below).     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 … Continue reading

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the Thénardiers

    re review by Tobias Grey of The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of “Les Misérables” by David Bellos The New York Times Book Review, April 2, 2017     *********************************************************     Re productions associated with Victor Hugo’’s novel … Continue reading

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“God’s in His heaven”

    The year’s at the spring, And day’s at the morn; Morning’s at seven; The hill-side’s dew-pearled; The lark’s on the wing; The snail’s on the thorn; God’s in His heaven— All’s right with the world   — Robert … Continue reading

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