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 1820: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

On November 20, 1820, the American whaling ship Essex was rammed by a sperm whale and sunk. The incident inspired Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick. 21 more words


Charles Dickens's Mr. Micawber

Did You Know?

Many posit the view that one of the character of the book David Copperfield   written by Charles Dickens is a portrayal of his father, John Dickens. 153 more words


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: The Study Guide Edition

“A great teacher,” Jeremy Paxman, BBC’s Newsnight.

“Clearly Francis Gilbert is a gifted and charismatic teacher,” Philip Pullman, author of Northern Lights.

“Gilbert writes so well that you half-suspect he could give up the day job,” The Independent. 236 more words


MADAME BOVARY, by Gustave Flaubert

The moment had to come: I had to read Madame Bovary, what sort of literature-lover would I be otherwise? Reading this book was a duty, an obligation, a must. 1,348 more words

French Literature

A Cuddie and an Ass

Robert Cuddie (1821-1876) was a minor poet – more unkind folk might say poetaster – from Corstorphine. His work is mainly of local interest and published posthumously in 1878. 543 more words

Not quite the back of beyond

For a couple of months I’ve been waiting for a journal posted in August, and yesterday it arrived in my letterbox:  Eleven Eleven, Issue 19, a Journal of Literature and Art produced by the California College of the Arts.  193 more words