Category Archives: my favorite books

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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“Sorokin”(«Сорокин»)

  русский перевод см ниже Для загружаемого документа Word, содержащего текст этого сообщения, см. Ниже.       My essay about the Russian-American sociologist Pitirim A. Sorokin which follows is approximately 4,000 words long. A downloadable Word document, which contains … 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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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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Henry Miller

    (Note: a downloadable Word document of this essay is attached below.)       In my late high school years, I read Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn in a recently published Grove Press paperback with a bright red … Continue reading

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English and Shakespeare

  I am EXTREMELY grateful that English is my native language. In my humble opinion – it’s been said countless times – ’tis a glorious language. So rich in its origins and vocabulary; the history and shades of meaning that … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “my treasured books”

      An acquaintance asked me the other day what were some of my favorite, most treasured books. This spurred me on to make an “inventory,” as it were. What follows is by no means a complete list, but, … Continue reading

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