Children have a natural antipathy to books–handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.
She might yet be able to help him to the building of the rainbow bridge that should connect the prose in us with the passion. Without it we are meaningless fragments, half monks, half beasts, unconnected arches that have never joined into a man.
George Eliot (1819-1880)
Dating to the 15th century and discovered in its entirety in 1934, The Book of Margery Kempe is perhaps the first autobiography in the English language. Dictated to a scribe by the apparently illiterate Kempe, it chronicles her travels as a religious pilgrim and provides an in-depth account of a middle-class woman’s experience in the Middle Ages. The mother of 14 claims that after the birth of her first child, she fell into a bout of madness and had a vision that called on her to do what? More… Discuss
Several years after immigrating to Australia from England, Eyre decided to explore his new home. His expeditions took him, often with one or more Aboriginal companions, through some of Australia’s harshest terrain. He subsequently became a British colonial official, serving for a time as a protector of Aborigines. His sympathies, however, appear not to have extended to other marginalized groups. As governor of Jamaica, Eyre authorized hundreds of executions while suppressing what uprising? More… Discuss
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
“I saw you this morning,
you were moving so fast.
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
On the past.
And I miss you so much,
there’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In my secret life.
I smile when I am angry,
I cheat and I lie,
I do what I have to do
to get by,
In my secret life.”
― Leonard Cohen
“True Love Leaves No Traces”
As the mist leaves no scar
True love leaves no traces
If you and I are one
It’s lost in our embraces
Like stars against the sun
As a falling leaf may rest
A moment on the air
So your head upon my breast
So my hand upon your hair
And many nights endure
Without a moon or star
So we will endure
When one is gone and far
True love leaves no traces
If you and I are one
It’s lost in our embraces
Like stars against the sun
An Irish-born novelist and philosopher, Murdoch studied at Cambridge under prominent philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein before pursuing a career in writing. Her novels focus on the idea that free will is illusory and depict humans as “accidental” creatures, seemingly free but actually bound to self, society, and the natural world. She penned 26 novels and many philosophical works before Alzheimer’s ended her writing career. To what non-medical condition did she initially attribute her symptoms?More… Discuss
One of the great literary figures of the modern age, Proust was a French author who is best known for À la recherche du temps perdu, his 3,200-page masterpiece. After the death of his mother, the asthmatic Proust increasingly withdrew to eccentric seclusion, where he wrote his multivolume, semi-auto biographical work. The discursive novel explores issues of human psychology, time, memory, and desire, but Proust died before completing it. What is the English translation of his novel’s title? More… Discuss
Fanny Fern was the pseudonym of Sara Willis Parton, an immensely popular American columnist and novelist known for her conversational writing style and emphasis on the everyday concerns of middle-class women. Though she had struggled to support her children after her first husband died and caused a scandal by ending her unhappy second marriage, she persevered and by 1855 commanded the unprecedented sum of $100 a week for her New York Ledger column. What famous saying is attributed to her?More… Discuss
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Barnum may be best known for the circus he formed with James Bailey in 1881, but this took place late in his life and was neither his first, nor sole, line of work. The splashy showman was also an author and, oddly enough, a politician. Yes, the man who may have said “There’s a sucker born every minute” was elected to office—more than once. Apparently fond of seeing his name in print, Barnum published his autobiography in 1855 and even got a newspaper to oblige him in what way before his death?More… Discuss
How is it that the poets have said so many fine things about our first love, so few about our later love? Are their first poems their best? Or are not those the best which come from their fuller thought, their larger experience, their deeper-rooted affections?
Born Amandine Dupin, Sand was raised in a strict household but began to rebel after spending time in a convent. She wore men’s clothes and urged women to live as men did. In 1836, she divorced her aristocratic husband and moved to Paris with their two children, supporting them by writing some 80 novels. Under her pseudonym, she became a star of the French literary scene, drawing admiration from Gustave Flaubert and vitriol from Charles Baudelaire. What famous composer was Sand’s longtime lover? More… Discuss
Collection: Tales of the Cities
This is a collection of city stories, fiction or non-fiction, in English and published before 1923. Contributions have been chosen by the reader himself. Summary by BellonaTimes.
Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the foremost exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. His first novel, Nausea, was one of many works depicting man as a lonely being burdened with a terrifying freedom. He served in World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the French resistance, during which he wrote multiple works. In 1964, he became the first person to voluntarily decline the Nobel Prize in Literature. Why did he refuse it? More… Discuss
A 1967 interview with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. De Beauvoir discusses her memoirs and her book The Second Sex. Sartre discusses his reasons for refusing the Nobel Prize in Literature, his opposition to the Vietnam war, and his then-current project on Flaubert.
Documentary on Simone de Beauvoir
1959 Interview with Simone de Beauvoir
Interview with Simone de Beauvoir on “Why I am a Feminist”
Remembering Simone de Beauvoir: Betty Friedan and Kate Millet
Daughters of de Beauvoir Part 1
Daughters of de Beauvoir Part 2
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Just a thought: “Why would anyone keep a good thing secret?”
Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by Mark F. Smith.
Published on Nov 1, 2012
Poems of William Blake by William Blake (1757-1827) – FULL Audio Book – Songs of Innocence and of Experience & The Book of Thel Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul are two books of poetry by the English poet and painter, William Blake. Although Songs of Innocence was first Continue reading
In the sun-time, when the world is bounding forward full of life, we cannot stay to sigh and sulk … but if the misfortune comes at 10PM, we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.
Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close,land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More… Discuss
Wars may end, but the dangers they pose to civilian populations can persist for generations. In the nearly two decades since the Balkan wars were brought to a close, land mines left over from the conflict have taken the lives of 316 people in Croatia. Of them, 66 were engaging in the painstaking and dangerous process of demining. Now, researchers there are turning to honeybees, which have an incredibly keen sense of smell, in the hope that they can be trained to seek out unexploded land mines with greater accuracy and less risk of inadvertent detonation than current techniques. More… Discuss
Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures … are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end.
|The Song of the Lark|
“Song of the Lark” by Jules Breton
|Media type||Print (Hardback &Paperback)|
Uploaded on Mar 1, 2011
IL NOVECENTO plays TCHAIKOWSKY “March”
“Song of the lark”
from The seasons, op.37 a
transcription for piano-solo and strings by Robert Groslot
Chamber- orchestra IL NOVECENTO
Robert Groslot, conductor and piano-solo
One of the great English novelists, Trollope spent seven unhappy years in London as a postal clerk before transferring to Ireland in 1841. Soon after, while still working for the postal service, he began writing. Working mainly before breakfast and at a fixed rate of 1,000 words an hour, he produced 47 novels, including the six interconnected Barsetshire novels and the highly regarded, satirical The Way We Live Now. What did he describe as “the most wretched fortnight of my manhood”? More… Discuss