Day: June 10, 2016

Literature Reviews

Boris Zubry: Miles of Experience

Diamonds in the Rough I often wonder: How is it that there is a lyrical quality to the works of every Russian writer, unmatched by those of any other provenance with the exception of the Irish? Oh, I am aware that Boris Zubry has been living in the U.S. for close on four decades and […]

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Tennessee Williams: Plays 1937 – 1955 (Library of America)

Dragon Country “It is only in his work that an artist can find reality and satisfaction, for the actual world is less intense than the world of his invention and consequently his life, without recourse to violent disorder, does not seem very substantial,” Tennessee Williams wrote in the 1948 essay “The Catastrophe of Success,” eventually […]

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Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Beauty is a form of Genius.” Oscar Wilde was one of the foremost representatives of Aestheticism, a movement based on the notion that art exists for no other purpose than its existence itself (“l’art pour l’art”), not for the purpose of social and moral enlightenment. Born in Dublin and a graduate of Oxford’s Magdalen College, […]

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Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence

Love, Loneliness, and the Strictures of Society Imagine living in a world where life is governed by intricate rituals; a world “balanced so precariously that its harmony [can] be shattered by a whisper” (Wharton); a world ruled by self-declared experts on form, propriety and family history – read: scandal –; where everything is labeled and […]

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Debbie Lee Wesselmann: Trutor and the Balloonist

Of Human Bondage and the Power of Free Will Every so often, a literary critic publishes an article decrying the decline of fiction writing and the preference given to convoluted prose, weighty with cleverness and self-importance, over clarity of style and truly inspired storylines. Yet, much as I agree with the writers of these articles, […]

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Eudora Welty: The Ponder Heart

Keen observations in an exquisite piece of humorous Southern writing “The South impresses its image on the Southern writer from the moment he is able to distinguish one sound from another,” Flannery O’Connor wrote in her 1963 essay “The Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South,” and Eudora Welty expressed a similar sentiment roughly 20 years […]

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Eudora Welty: Stories, Essays, & Memoir (Library of America)

Creations of a unique voice “Listening,” “Learning to See” and “Finding a Voice,” Eudora Welty entitled the three chapters of her autobiography “One Writer’s Beginnings,” the concluding entry in this collection, one of the two Library of America compilations dedicated to her work. And while these may be steps that most writers will undergo at […]

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