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Poetry Scrapbook

Chat / Favorites / Art / Literature / I share something I just learned about John Keats: his poem Bright Star, which the movie Bright Star shows him writing for and giving to his girlfriend, Fanny Brawne, he had earlier … Continue reading

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Gentleman James

/ Literature / I’ve just sampled the opening of a film, What Maisey Knew, a filming of another Henry James novel I don’t know worth a damn: I’ve read a lot of James, but not nearly enough to feel that … Continue reading

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Travis Surfeit

/ Literature / I was around college age when I learned that fans classed mystery novels into two types: English or American. Think Agatha Christie vs. Dashiell Hammett. Think “civilized” vs. “brutal”. Think “all will be well despite …” vs. … Continue reading

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Tennessee Anomaly

/ Literature / I’ve “known” Tennessee Williams since the early 1950s, since before the radio told us every other minute that “Davy, Davy Crockett” was “born on a mountain top in Tennessee / The greatest state in the land of … Continue reading

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Cinderella Reading

/ Literature / Her wicked stepmother having degraded her position (her natural (and legal) father being, like all Grimm fathers, a no-pants nebbish) Cinderella accepts magic to sneak her way into the royal ball. Her fairy godmother, at least there’s … Continue reading

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Regency Poverty

/ Literature / Poor Fanny Price I just sampled a few minutes of a TV series on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. thanx kaitlin-saunders A blurb refers to the protagonist as “impoverished”. Oh, the poor landed gentry. The rich don’t just … Continue reading

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George Eliot Notes

/ Literature / George Eliot Silas Marner Lots of my undergraduate classmates were like my father: they’d already read a couple of Austen novels and a half dozen Dickens novels, not to mention Scott or Stevenson, long before freshman year. … Continue reading

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