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The Catcher in the Rye [JD Salinger]

1919-2010

J.D. Salinger‘s classic coming-of-age story portrays one young man’s funny and poignant experiences with life, love, and sex. Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly […]

Robert Frost

•→biography← [1874-1963]

Robert Frost holds a unique and almost isolated position in American letters. “Though his career fully spans the modern period and though it is impossible to speak of him as anything other than a modern poet,” writes James M. Cox, “it is difficult to place […]

e e cummings

¤ The Enormous Room

Edward Estlin Cummings (1894 – 1962), the author of the book, was suspected of treason while volunteering in France during 1st World War, and put, without any due reason, to prison camp in the town of La Ferté-Macé in Orne, Normandy.

noviembre 18th, 2014 | Tags: , , | Category: ENGLISH, Reading, Poetry | 7 comments

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

1928 – 1982

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick first published in 1968. The main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter of androids, while the secondary plot follows John Isidore, a man of sub-normal intelligence who befriends some […]

Lord of the flies [W. Golding]

This is a book by William Golding (1911 – 1993) you may have already read, or you may fancy reading in the near future. You can read the plot below. Alternatively, you can play the video and listen to a plot summary while you watch the sparknotes_animation.

Set during World War II, […]

The Talented Mr Ripley [P Highsmith]

1921 – 1995

←The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith, is the first of five books featuring the con man Tom Ripley. As the story begins, Tom is a twenty-three-year-old living in New York. He comes from a fairly disadvantaged background, but has aspirations to a better life. An accomplished […]

The Little Sister [excerpt]

1888 – 1959

In Raymond Chandler’s 1949 novel The Little Sister, Philip Marlowe takes on what seems like a fairly routine missing persons case. Orrin Quest was a young man from Manhattan, Kansas who arrived in LA and then disappeared from sight. His sister hires Marlowe to find […]

Aldous Huxley + HG Wells

¤ ‘Brave New World’

←Listen to Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) himself introducing a radio adaptation (in two parts) of his book in 1956, revisiting his predictions in 1931…

“Brave New World” is a fantastic parable about the dehumanization of human beings. In the negative utopia described in my story, man has […]

Animal Farm [G Orwell]

George Orwell (1903 – 1950) was the pen name of Eric Blair, a British political novelist and essayist whose pointed criticisms of political oppression propelled him into prominence toward the middle of the twentieth century. He could not turn a blind eye to the cruelties and hypocrisies of Soviet Communist Party, which had […]

Carson McCullers

1917 – 1967

Lula Carson Smith (Carson McCullers) was born in Columbus, Georgia. From the age of five McCullers took piano lessons and at the age of 17 she moved to New York to study piano at Juilliard School of Music. However, she never attended the school – she […]

John Steinbeck + Ernest Hemingway

¤ John Steinbeck [1902 – 1968]

A leading writer of novels about the working class and a major spokesman for the victims of the Great Depression, John Steinbeck worked as a laboratory assistant and farm laborer to support himself through six years of study at Stanford University, where he took only those […]

Three Ladies . . .

∞ Virginia Woolf ← [1882 – 1941]

◊ Read & listen to “The Haunted House” ↓

•→ Click for a full catalogue of her writings ←[read] ◊ ‘The End’ [Flush’s biography]

• Read the last of the stories compiled by Gerald Durrell in his 1990 anthology “Best Dog Stories“

→ http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/w91f/chapter6.html […]

William Carlos Williams

[1883 – 1963]

← The Use of Force

A physician is summoned to make a house call on a family with whom he has had no prior contact. He quickly sizes up the situation: the household is poor but clean; the patient is a female child whose parents are nervously concerned, […]

Roald Dahl

♦ Man From The South ⇐ 1916 – 1990

The narrator of this famous story is never named, but I always presumed him to be an English writer (i.e. Dahl’s stand-in). This narrator is lounging by a pool at a Jamaican hotel when he meets a strange little South American man in a […]

The Destructors [G. Greene]

[1904-1991]

←[read]

A 1954 short story about teenagers destroying a house. The story is ironic—showing how destruction is allegedly a form of creation.

Set in the mid-1950s, it is about a boys’ gang named the “Wormsley Common Gang”, after the place where […]

James Joyce

¤ James Joyce [1882 – 1941]

‘The Dead’ [“DUBLINERS”] – Gabriel Conroy attends a party, and later, as he speaks with his wife, has an epiphany about the nature of life and death.

At 15–16,000 words this story, closing the short-story cycle ‘Dubliners’, has also been classified as a novella. […]

Frank O’Connor

Pseudonym of Michael O’Donovan [1903-1966], playwright, novelist, and short-story writer

⇒Interview⇐[1957]

¤ “First Confession” ⇓

All the trouble began when my grandfather died and my grand-mother – my father’s mother – came to live with us. Relations in the one house are a […]

Two 20th-century playwrights

¤ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Irish dramatist, literary critic, a socialist spokesman, and a leading figure in the 20th century theater. Shaw was a freethinker, a supporter of women’s rights and an advocate of equality of income. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Shaw accepted the […]

Dylan Thomas

[1914-1953]←

⇔ A Child’s Christmas in Wales⇐

◊ A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, Of A Child In London by Dylan Thomas, accompanied by some pictures of Thomas and the part of Wales where he grew up ↓

♦→ ‘DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT‘ […]