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12:27 AM

ConnoisseurAmong the hospital poems, "The Wound-Dresser" by Walt Whitman is one of the best and finest. I wonder if anybody here can help me to understand two lines of this piece. I will add my question after the poem. THE WOUND-DRESSER. 1 AN old man bending I come among new faces, Years looking backwar...

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1:42 AM
Q: Frank Kermode's prelude to modernism

Dennis FlemingFrank Kermode's The Genesis of Secrecy has the following quote: One motive of... modernism was the desire to break with a tradition of writing supposed to have been based on a mistaken or dishonest desire to eliminate the oracular by simple plausibility in the registration of a real world, an...

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5:28 PM
Q: Did Verne's "Two Years' Vacation" influence Golding's "Lord of the Flies"?

Rand al'ThorJules Verne's 1888 novel Two Years' Vacation (Deux ans de vacances) is about a group of schoolboys who find themselves having to survive on a deserted island. The theme seems similar to the more famous Lord of the Flies written by William Golding sixty-five years later. Wikipedia remarks on the c...

5:47 PM
Q: Why does "Satan in Goray" abruptly change in style at the end?

MithicalWhen I glanced at the Goodreads page for Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer (translated by Jacob Sloan), part of this review caught my eye: Unfortunately the ending did fall a bit short. It was forced & rushed, needlessly Singer tried changing his style in order to give the story a more ...

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10:49 PM
@Randal'Thor You are usually slow to accept an answer, but the answer you accepted for Is there really a single “Old Babylonian version” of the Epic of Gilgamesh? appears to be based on a misinterpretation of the scholarly paper it is based on.
11:02 PM
@Bookworm Great first question by @dennis-fleming !
11:26 PM
Q: Book where all the characters are named after chess pieces

simon_smileyI remember reading this book maybe 8-10 years ago. It was set in a school and all the characters were named after chess pieces. There was a teacher called Mr Bishop maybe and someone’s nickname might have been Rook. Probably not exactly those but along those lines. We followed different perspect...


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