Sunday, 15 January 2017

Saturday, 14 January 2017

LEWIS CARROLL

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Lewis Carroll, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, died on 14 January 1898. 
Here you can find a detailed analysis of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Sunday, 8 January 2017

MY SUNDAY MOVIE

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Here you can read a review of the movie.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Thursday, 29 December 2016

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS



Here  you can read the whole Shakespearean comedy. 

Here you can find a detailed analysis of this play which sparkles with wit and invention. Based on a farce by the Roman playwright Plautus, it is a work full of slapstick humour and rich characterisation that centres around two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth.



Saturday, 24 December 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS AUSTEN!


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Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. While not widely known in her own time, Jane Austen's novels of love among the landed gentry gained popularity after 1869, and her reputation skyrocketed in the 20th century. Her novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, are considered literary classics, bridging the gap between romance and realism. Continue reading here

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

SAMUEL JOHNSON

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Samuel Johnson was an English writer and critic, and one of the most famous literary figures of the 18th century. His best-known work is his "Dictionary of the English Language".
He died on 13 December 1784 and is buried at Westminster Abbey.

Here is a review of  David Nokes's 2009 biography of Dr Johnson.

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

REVISING ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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On 3 December 1894  Robert Louis Stevenson  died very suddenly. He had defied his weak lungs for over 40 years, but in the end it was a brain haemorrhage which killed him. He was buried on the summit of Mount Vaea, Vailima, on a small Samoan island in the Pacific with his “Requiem”. 
Fourteen years earlier, when he was very ill in California, he had composed his own epitaph:

"Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."


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Here you can find a study guide on Robert Louis Stevenson's most captivating novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

“All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOUISA MAY ALCOTT!

184° anniversario della nascita di Louisa May Alcott

I have always loved Louisa May Alcott!  She was definitely my favourite writer when I was a teenager  and used to spend long hours reading and enjoying her beautiful novels! Jo March will always be one of  my favourite heroines because she is lively, intelligent, passionate,  strong-minded and independent ... even more than Jane Austen's heroines! 
Read here  an article from The Telegraph about this female author who also became a famous feminist and campaigned for the abolition of slavery. 
It is absolutely worthwhile to read her most celebrated novel Little WomenClick here for a detailed analysis of the novel.


Sunday, 27 November 2016

10 FAMOUS QUOTATIONS FROM ROMEO AND JULIET

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Romeo and Juliet is among the most popular plays ever written in the English language. Written by the master playwright William Shakespeare, it tells the story of two young lovers whose families have a long history of violence against each other. Like most plays from Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is laden with many great dialogues. 
Here are 10 of the most famous quotations from the play with their explanations.

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“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears.”
Romeo (Act I, Scene 1)
This is a famous definition of love from the master playwright through his character Romeo. It starts by saying that love is a smoke that rises from the fume of sighs, i.e. sighs of a person who is initially attracted to someone raises love just like fumes raise smoke. If the smoke is cleared, it causes a lover’s eyes to sparkle. However if the smoke is stirred up it can create a sea of tears of the lover. In simple words Shakespeare is saying that love can be source of great happiness or great sadness depending on how it is handled.


Friday, 25 November 2016

THE BALCONY SCENE IN ROMEO AND JULIET



The Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous scenes in all of Shakespeare's plays. 
It follows the meeting of Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, at a fancy dress party in Juliet's home. Romeo and his friends sneak into the party, uninvited, and when Romeo sees Juliet, he is instantly smitten. After the party, Romeo jumps over the Capulets' garden wall, and searches for Juliet.


Romeo hides in the garden and soon observes Juliet walking onto the balcony outside her room. When Romeo sees Juliet, he feels hope; it is as if the sun is rising. This is important to note, as Romeo has just spent several weeks pining over an unrequited love, Rosaline. When he sees Juliet at the party, Rosaline is instantly forgotten.
Read here.