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A brief literary companion to solitude in modern classics for the self-isolated reader

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The Novel Reader by Vincent Van Gogh So little is known about Shakespeare that there are perhaps as many biographies of him as there are biographers. Scholars often read back into his life from either his plays or other extant reports of 16th century London life. One such was Columbia English professor James Shapiro’s powerful study: The Year of the Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, which has resurfaced recently. Why? Because 1606 was also the year of the plague. Shapiro writes:…

Fiction that Sought to Define a Nation

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Few works go beyond the obvious and remain entrenched in the history of a people Does it ever happen that a single book defines an entire nation? In its sweep, in its expanse, in its narration or its intent? Maybe only rarely. The ancients had a vision which, simply put, was epic. Nations merged into narrations and narrations defined nations. Iliad, Aeneid, Mahabharata, Divine Comedy – literary coliseums – in front of which generations stood, dwarfed and awestruck. But not anymore. The idea of a…
By Sayandeb Chowdhury | | Tags: Feature, novel | Read More