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swift sparks of low heeled boys

A master satirist, Jonathan Swift was something of a misanthrope. An amiable one, but one who detested mankind. Still, undaunted, he wrote in a stubborn hope that people could be stung, stabbed, and whipped into better sense. Three-hundred years later, … 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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A DIRGE ABOUT A ROCK AND HARD PLACE

The English novel is  a phenomenon that only took form in the early years of the 18th century, and is generally attributed to Daniel Defoe.  Prior to this time, stories were told either in dramatic form on the stage, or … Continue reading

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