Category Archives: Literature

Entering the World of Franz Kafka

I was entranced while in Prague to visit a museum dedicated to the life and work of Czech writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924). His letters, diaries and photographs are on display, along with 3-D installations. Reviews of the Museum on Trip … Continue reading

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Dos Passos on Spain in the 1930s through 1950s, and 21st Century America

John Dos Passos, in  The Theme Is Freedom (1956), writes about Spain in a way that resonates in modern America. Jay Nordlinger reports: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434896/re-encountering-john-dos-passos-part-iii

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Spanish Novelist Cervantes Invented Modern Literature With ‘Don Quixote’

Cervantes’ classic Don Quixote turns 400 this year. “One must live life in a genuine way, passionately, in spite of what other people think. That is the central tenet of “Don Quixote,” according to Professor Ilan Stavans. Stavans is not … Continue reading

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Inspiring Life of J.K. Rowling, and Literary Antecedents for Harry Potter

It is inspiring to read the biography of J.K. Rowling and to imagine her sitting in the corner of a cafe in Edinburgh writing out the first Harry Potter novel that would catapult her from divorced, depressed young mother on … Continue reading

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Probing the life of the Beloved Poet Robert Burns, Scotland’s Poet Laureate and ‘the People’s Poet’

“Brig-a-Doon” (Bridge over the River Doon, built in the early 15th century) near Robert Burns’ childhood home and museum, that was the inspiration for the mystical and mythical Brigadoon, which was turned into a famous Broadway musical. Lucia on a rainy … Continue reading

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Following in the Footsteps of George Orwell, Who Wrote ‘1984’ Classic on Isle of Jura and Covered Spanish Civil War

In our summer travels, my wife and I kept running into the literary legacy of George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair. In Barcelona, we learned that in the 1930s, he covered the Spanish civil war and wrote … Continue reading

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Following in the Footsteps of the Great Poet William Butler Yeats

Lucia writes: “We spent a fascinating day in the company of Damien Brennan, president of the Yeats Society who has really made the poet’s life and works his life work.  He knew everything and had fascinating stories about his own … Continue reading

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