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Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday

February 7, 2012

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Charles Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of […]

John le Carré turns down Man Booker International Prize 2011 nomination

April 2, 2011

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John le Carré In a twist to the announcement of the shortlisted authors for the coveted Man Booker International Prize, the celebrated UK author, John le Carré (famous for his mastery over espionage fiction), has asked for his name to be removed from the list. In the true spirit of writing he declared that he didn’t write to compete […]

Realism in Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’

August 27, 2009

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Jane Austen can be credited with the art of inventing a literary form capable of portraying social life in a largely domestic setting and of conveying the reality of her characters’ experience of that world. Walter Scott writes, “…keeping close to common incidents, and to such characters as occupy the ordinary walks of life, she […]

Joseph Conrad as a Novelist

July 26, 2009

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JOSEPH CONRAD (1857 – 1924) Conrad’s main pre-occupation remained with moral ordeal (severe test). He shows this moral ordeal in his treatment of characters. Conrad deals with style rather than the types, the style denoting the individual’s behaviour in the face of moral ordeal.Conrad was strongly was strongly in favour of the method of first […]

Saki’s ‘Dusk’

July 9, 2009

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British author H.H. (Hector Hugh) Munro, known as “Saki,” taken by E.O. Hoppe Going through the story ‘Dusk’ by Saki again after so many years was a treat indeed. I could simply marvel at the writer’s casual and interesting narrative style. It was engrossing reading. The plot of the story is a simple and woven […]

Is Swift really a misanthrope?

January 17, 2009

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The word ‘misanthrope’ means hater of mankind or the one who has a distrust for human character in general. To some extent Gulliver directs his satires towards the meanness of human being. The allegation of ‘misanthropy’ has been levelled against Swift in context of his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. In Book I, Gulliver is a ship’s […]

R. L. Stevenson’s Poetry – A Tribute on his Birthday

November 13, 2008

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R. L. Stevenson, the famous Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer, was born on November 13 in the year 1850. Although wrote many short stories, poems, travalogues, novels, he is especially known for his novels: ‘Treasure Island’ (1883) and ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’(1886). Among other famous novels are ‘Kidnapped’ […]