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darwin: doubting the fixity of species

…The folklore of scientific invention and discovery has left no striking tale of the revelation to Darwin of the clue of the origin of species, like Newton’s apple, Stephenson’s kettle lid, or Galileo dropping weights from the leaning tower of … Continue reading

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heine in paris: hope amid les miserables

When he died in Paris, his last words were “god will forgive me. Its his job.” Among the thousands of books burned in Berlin in 1933 following the Nazi raid on the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, were works by Heinrich Heine. … Continue reading

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A NORTHERN WIZARD: Writing For Love, Money & “The Great Unknowns”

Like Dickens and Balzac, he wrote because he could not help writing, but he did not think that the chief business of life was to be put into literature; and much as he appreciated his contemporary fame, he does not appear to have cared … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN: SMALL WORLDS & STRONG PASSIONS

The desires of  Jane Austen were large and complicated. At the social level, she wanted liberty to state views, no matter whom she offended as well as exposing the orthodoxies of her time.She chose her enemies with care and analyzed … Continue reading

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JANE AUSTEN: Pride & Prejudice Over The Finkler Question

…Howard Jacobson grew up in working-class Manchester, to a father who worked as a children’s entertainer and who ran a market stall selling trinkets. Bright, bookish and intellectually ambitious, he studied English literature at Cambridge under the legendary F.R. Leavis. “I’m … Continue reading

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BLOOD FLOWERS & HEADS ON THE DOOR

A genre of fiction which first gained popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the epistolary novel is a form in which most or all of the plot is advanced by the letters or journal entries of one or more … Continue reading

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CLARISSA: NO PLACE LEFT TO HIDE

It is the prose of suspicion; an uncovering  of layers of disconcerting awareness between its lines. Samuel Richardson’s ( 1689-1761 ) ambitious narrative of tragic seduction is traced through the hundreds of letters written between Clarissa Harlowe, her confidante Anna Howe, … Continue reading

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