After writing about Sir Walter Scott, I had to track down the Border stories that inspired him to write great movements within literature, because, well, frankly, I think it’s really cool.
When I think of Sir Walter Scott, I think about Smailholm Tower, where under its looming shadow he was raised on romantic, adventurous tales of heroes and villains; and, with this tower over his head, he was compelled to read great literature and poetry ( by previous legendary authors, of course).
I love me some Jonathan Swift, so the last few posts have been focused on his life and writings, and this one is no different, as we are going to be looking at the four-part prose piece Gulliver’s Travels.
I remember reading A Modest Proposal at a young age and finding it funny—because our class had the background on the satirical piece itself. Audiences when the piece dropped weren’t so lucky and were quite disgusted by its implications, but the joke might’ve been lost on them, because the author, Jonathan Swift, was an expert satirist.
We’ve been looking at a lot of the modernists lately (I’m in a bit of a mood) and so thought I would continue the journey by talking about another famous writer from “The Lost Generation”: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I thought it would be fun to write about the books that influenced me when I was younger (and I’m bound to miss a few or organize them incorrectly, but oh well!)
At the time Jaws was published, Benchley was an accomplished writer but wasn’t making enough money even though he had been a junior speechwriter for Lyndon B. Johnson and had written as both a staff writer and freelancer for large publications. His last ditch effort involved getting together with a few publishers and pitching some ideas including a nonfiction book about pirates and one about a man-eating shark.
The era in which this period thrived seems to be somewhere between 1660 and 1798 and features three important sections, that include the Restoration period, the Augustan period, and the Age of Johnson. This is also knowns as the “Enlightenment Period.”
These days, we know reading and writing go together like peas and carrots, but that was not always […]
We’ve all heard our friends and family write off artistic criticism as, “Well, all art’s subjective,” and that’s all well and good, but it seems to downplay the important aspects of criticism.