Tuesday, 9 February 2016


Born in London, England, on October 31, 1795, John Keats devoted his short life to the perfection of poetry marked by vivid imagery, great sensuous appeal and an attempt to express a philosophy through classical legend. In 1818 he went on a walking tour in the Lake District. His exposure and overexertion on that trip brought on the first symptoms of the tuberculosis, which ended his life. Continue reading here.

Sunday, 7 February 2016


Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, on February 7, 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children. His father worked as a clerk for the Naval Pay office and was imprisoned for debt when Charles was young. Charles Dickens went to work at a blacking warehouse, managed by a relative of his mother, when he was twelve, and his brush with hard times and poverty affected him deeply. Continue reading here.

Here you can watch the British television film adapted from Charles Dickens's novel  The Old Curiosity Shop It was first broadcast on 26 December 2007 on ITV.

“Charles Dickens excelled in character; in the creation of characters of greater intensity than human beings.”  
T.S. Eliot 

Saturday, 6 February 2016


Read here a very useful article about speaking English as a foreign language.

Monday, 1 February 2016


"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it  is the time for home."  Edith Sitwell  

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


At Auschwitz, not only man died, but also the idea of man. To live in a world where there is nothing anymore, where the executioner acts as god, as judge-many wanted no part of it. It was its own heart the world incinerated at Auschwitz.
Elie Wiesel

Read here.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, published on 19 December 1843, met with instant success and critical acclaim. It tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

After celebrating the joy and charity of Christmas, A Christmas Carol is above all a condemnation of 19th-century Victorian England's division between the rich and the poor. London was a great world power, rich from industry and colonial influence, yet poverty ran amok through its streets and factories.  Continue reading here.

Sunday, 17 January 2016


Born on January 17, 1820, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, Anne Brontë wrote a book of poetry with her sisters Charlotte and Emily. She worked as a governess too. Her 1847 novel, Agnes Grey, was inspired by her experiences. Her subsequent novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, the story of a woman leaving her abusive husband, was published the following year. Anne died of tuberculosis on May 28, 1849, in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.  
Continue reading  here.
Here you can read an interesting article about her books.

“I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are or should be written for both men and women to read, and I am at a loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.” 
Anne Brontë,
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Saturday, 16 January 2016


"Elinor and Marianne Take Barton" is an updated online adaption of "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen, produced, filmed and created by students at the University of Warwick (England). Enjoy!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016


George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron (1728-1844) with his aristocratic behaviour, personal charm and unquestionable beauty stands out as a rock star poet and the prince of passionate people’s perceptions during the so-called Regency era in England (1792 – 1830).  
He is an immense poet, combining the best of Augustan wit and intellect with the best of sensuously and politically charged Romanticism. 
Lord Byron was described in his own time as ‘a child of passion and the fool of fame‘.