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Literary history that happened on 8 December聽
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The Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
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Literary history that happened on 8 December聽
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Beautiful things don鈥檛 ask for attention.
James Thurber (b. 8 December 1894)
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Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
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The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing 鈥 desire.
Willa Cather (b. 7 December 1873)
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Find out what all these books have in common in my latest IG post. And please follow while you鈥檙e there. :)聽
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Literary history that happened on 7 December
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It鈥檚 all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?
Willa Cather (b. 7 December 1873)
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Death Comes for the Archbishop and O Pioneers, Willa Cather
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Here are some thoughts on My Mortal Enemy, a book I highly recommend!
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People live through such pain only once. Pain comes again鈥攂ut it finds a tougher surface.
Willa Cather (b. 7 December 1873)
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Vintage hardcover classics
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The Van Dorens were one of the most prominent literary families of the 20th century. Carl Van Doren won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939 for his biography on Benjamin Franklin. Mark Van Doren, Carl鈥檚 brother, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1940 for his Collected Poems: 1922-1938. He was also a prolific literary critic聽(he wrote celebrated books on Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Dryden, and many others) and a professor at Columbia University, inspiring鈥揳mong many others鈥揂llen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. But it鈥檚 Mark Van Doren鈥檚 son, Charles Van Doren, who became the most famous (or perhaps infamous). Charles Van Doren wrote a number of wonderful books, including The History of Knowledge, How to Read a Book, and The Joy of Reading. But today if he鈥檚 remembered at all, it鈥檚 for his (large) part in the quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Robert Redford鈥檚 1994 film Quiz Show is about his rise to and fall from fame.聽
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Reading a book on any level beyond the elementary is essentially an effort on your part to ask it questions. And that is why there is all the difference in the world between the demanding and the undemanding reader. The latter asks no questions鈥揳nd gets no answers.
Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book
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Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site
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