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Five Fascinating Facts about Jack London

Fun interesting facts about Jack London, author of White Fang and The Call of the Wild

1. Jack London’s San Francisco home has a collection of some of the 600 rejections he received before he sold a single story. 584 more words


[744] Green Light - Lloyd C. Douglas

” For so long had the name of Newell Paige been indisolubly associated with her mother’s tragic death that it had acquired, in Phyllis’s memory, a peculiarly sinister quality, symbolic of an inexcusable and irreparable disaster. 271 more words


'Neighbors' by Diane Oliver

Neighbors by Diane Oliver, 1966

The magic trick:

Highlighting the painful, racist irony by using a framing device

“Neighbors” is a simply-told story about complex relationships between races, family and neighbors. 294 more words


The Best Books of 2015, Pt. 1: Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem, the Brooklyn novelist and essayist, first came to prominence with a sequence of novels that strained at the conventions of sci-fi and detective fiction: … 323 more words


Faulkner's Ecology: Thoughts on Light in August

I just finished reading William Faulkner’s Light in August. It’s not his most narratively complex novel, and perhaps one of the more readily accessible. Still, Faulkner often causes impatience because he doesn’t see fit to leave anything out. 500 more words

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Breaking the Cycle: An Essay on William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom!"

In William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, a work many consider to be the prolific author’s finest novel, the character Quentin Compson’s jumbled understanding of the Sutpen House’s history signifies his obsession with the compounded history of the Sutpen-Coldfield families, of which he learns much about, in the midst of his preparations to leave the place of his origin – Mississippi, and the South in general – in the past, in order to move to Boston and attend Harvard.   4,328 more words

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'A Silver Dish' by Saul Bellow

A Silver Dish by Saul Bellow, 1978

The magic trick:

Sprawling Woodys memories out and allowing the reader to make our own connections… 312 more words