Category Archives: Literature

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World, a Biography by Simon Callow

Book Review Title: Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World Author: Simon Callow Published: Vintage 2012 Perhaps no one alive today has done more to shine a light on Charles Dickens, the man and his works, than Simon … Continue reading

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The Leopard, a Novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Book Review Title: The Leopard Author: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Publisher: Pantheon Books (Paperback), New York (1960) ISBN-13: 978-0-679-73121-4 Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard follows the life of Sicilian Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, around the time of Garibaldi, mainly … Continue reading

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Patrick Brontë: Man of Sorrow

Book Review Title: A Man of Sorrow: The Life, Letters and Times of the Rev. Patrick Brontë 1777–1861, 566 pages Authors: John Lock and Canon W. T. Dixon Publisher: Ian Hodgkins & Co. LTD, London (1979) ISBN-13: 978-0906460047 Patrick Brontë … Continue reading

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Wright on Wittgenstein

Book Review Title: Wittgenstein Author: Georg Henrik von Wright Published: University of Minnesota Press 1982 Ludwig Wittgenstein was G. H. von Wright’s professor, mentor, and friend. After Wittgenstein died in 1951, Wright became literary executor and spent thirty years collecting, … Continue reading

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The Honored Guest

With the 4th of July rolling around, here is my tribute to one of our lesser-known Founding Fathers: Thomas Paine. Like a good father, he suggested names for the new baby he was creating. In Common Sense, he used phrases … Continue reading

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The Education of Henry Adams

Book Review Title: The Education of Henry Adams Author: Henry Adams Published: Modern Library 1931. Originally published 1918. Privately circulated 1907 Last December I wrote about Adams’ earlier work, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, which I recommended for its rich blend of … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens 203

Let us take a moment to remember Charles Dickens today, his 203rd Birthday. When you read novels by Charles Dickens, and then read true accounts of mid-1800s London and look at photographs of the period, you’ll find his descriptions match … Continue reading

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Poe 206

Edgar Allan Poe is not considered a top literary figure by many critics. He was considered even less during his lifetime. He was a critic himself, and his creative works did not earn him much of a living.

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Mont Saint Michel and Chartres

Book Review Title: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Author: Henry Adams Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (June 3, 1986). Originally published 1904. Henry Adams toured French mediæval gothic architecture, and apparently took a lot of notes, focusing on the Grande Cathedrals of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare 450

William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday is today, born 23 April 1564. Or at least it is traditionally celebrated on 4/23. He was baptized 4/26 so his birth date would be a few days earlier. Being born 450 years ago today adds … Continue reading

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Persian Carpets

Book Review Title: The Root of the Wild Madder Author: Brian Murphy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, 2005 There are plenty of dry histories of Persian carpet making, and sterile picture books of Persian carpets, but too often … Continue reading

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Pearls from Sand

Book Review Title: Pearls from Sand Author: Karl Wiegers Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (August 1, 2011) People in the software industry know that Karl Wiegers has a wealth of experience in software engineering, quality assurance, and SDLC in general. But … Continue reading

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