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How fair was Twain's critique of Cooper's literary style?

I think Twain’s critique of Cooper’s literary style was reasonable. Fair or not his input is valuable. He is was a very well known and celebrated author. 434 more words


Leonard Nathan

There’s nothing left
except what you are
and that tugs insistently
downward toward the moth shadows
of sleep. Good morning!

—Leonard Nathan, from “Something Happens And,” … 6 more words


Jack Gilbert

The Great Fires

Love is apart from all things.
Desire and excitement are nothing beside it.
It is not the body that finds love.
What leads us there is the body. 185 more words


A Very Short Biography of Edith Wharton

The interesting life of a classic American novelist

In his Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, John Sutherland calls Edith Wharton’s life ‘fascinating’. 505 more words


Ray Bradbury

But souls can’t be sold. They can only be lost and never found again. ― Ray Bradbury, Long After Midnight. (Pocket Books April 12, 2000) Originally published September 1976.


Mary Ruefle

On sunny days
Each tree is a glittering chandelier.

—Mary Ruefle, from “The Letter,” Post Meridian (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2000)


Charles Bukowski

we’ve died so many times now that we can only wonder why we still care . —  Charles Bukowski, “feet to the fire,” New Poems: Book Three. (Virgin Books May 6, 2004)