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...
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...

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...
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...
Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn

What do writers say about ‘Huckleberry Finn’? #MarkTwain

You may already be familiar with the historical controversies surrounding The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. But, what specifically, have writers said...
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...
Fog City, by Bill Abbott (Creative Commons, Flickr)

Life Lessons from ‘The City’ – @DeanKoontz #Quotes

There's a certain magic that happens when we allow the power of words to wash over us, to rock us to the core--until we...
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...

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