Handmaid's Tale

Revisiting ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

The recent launch of the Hulu Handmaid's Tale mini-series has drawn us back to the trappings of Margaret Atwood's dystopian science fiction novel, but...
North Korea

Banned Book Smuggled Out: ‘The Accusation’

You may have already discovered that stories of "everyman" often become the greatest classics of all time. But, the publishing history of those stories...
Hard Times

‘Hard Times’ in Context

Against a backdrop of the infamous Industrial Revolution, with all its purported social and cultural advancements, the masses of poor and unrepresented factory workers...
Dublin, River Liffey

Ulysses

Ulysses, by James Joyce, is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century; but it's also one of the most complicated books in...
Nebraska - Willa Cather

Why is Willa Cather important?

Like me, you may have first discovered Willa Cather through My Antonia. Perhaps, you learned to love her style and prose, the dark irony...
Japan

Founding Japan

Feb 11, 660 BC, is the date traditionally associated with the founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇 Jimmu-Tenno, meaning "Divine Might"). According to...

Boston Tea Party

We can follow the long progression of Colonial sentiments in the Revolutionary Period, from the initial rumblings through the Declaration of Independence and the founding of a...

Book Versions of Anna – Perspective on Translation

When I'm speaking of Anna, I'm talking about Anna Karenina, one of the most famous and tumultuous novels by Leo Tolstoy. It's a torrid...
Monkey Beyond Bars - Nils Fieseler

Inspiring ‘Lolita’ – Why Vladimir Nabokov Wrote The Novel

In "On a Book Entitled Lolita," Vladimir Nabokov wrote: "As far as I can recall, the initial shiver of inspiration was somehow prompted by a...

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