Tag Archives: human psychology

today’s birthday: Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821) with/ some wonderful quotations


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821)

Dostoevsky was a literary giant whose works exhibit an uncanny grasp of human psychology and offer penetrating analyses of the political, social, and spiritual state of the Russia of his time. His best-known works include Crime and Punishment, a brilliant portrait of sin, remorse, and redemption, and The Brothers Karamazov, which tackles the issues of evil, freedom, and faith. Though granted a last-minute reprieve, Dostoevsky was sentenced to death in 1849 for what crime? More… Discuss

DOSTOEVSKY quotes

Advertisements

A Word Each Day: HO-HUM


ho-hum 

Definition: (adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
Synonyms: boringdeadeningirksometedioustiresomewearisome,dullslow
Usage: Lectures on human psychology always pique my interest, but this ho-hum speaker put me right to sleep. Discuss.

Today’s Birthday: MARCEL PROUST (1871) (and with him: “À la recherche du temps perdu”)


Marcel Proust (1871)

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