Eminent Literary Personalities

Choose the Most Suitable Book and Writer and It Will Take One Bottle to Think It Over! Jun20164

When you are drunk at the party, smallest things can spark a bout of conversation among you and your friends. Although you might be tempted to draw crude objects on your friends while they are passed out on the couch, there are better things to occupy your time with than that. Surely, as a college student, you must want to be an intellectual at all times. Being drunk is no excuse. You want to play ping pong ball or dance until... Continue reading 

Edgar Poe’s Contribution to the World Literature Jul201529

At a first glance, it is hard to understand what is so special about Edgar Allan Poe and why he is considered to be one of the most prominent figures in American – and, come to think of it – global literary history. He wasn’t particularly well-known as a writer during his life (he was considered to be a literary critic first and foremost), he didn’t write any great novels (he did write a novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon... Continue reading 

The Legacy of Martin Gilbert Mar201524

This biography is often called the longest biography ever published – it is stretched over 8 volumes and consists of more than 8 million words, encompassing Churchill’s life in its entirety, both political and personal. It wasn’t written exclusively by Mr. Gilbert – it was started in 1960 by Churchill’s son, Randolph, who gathered a team of professional historians to carry out this compendious work. However, by the time of his death in 1968 only the first two volumes were... Continue reading 

Harper Lee Returns with Sequel Mar201516

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee occupies a special place in the history of American literature. Published out of the blue, written by a previously unknown author, it became an instant classic, was adapted into film in 1962, translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 40 million copies and continues to sell about a million copies a year even now. It would have been amazing even by itself, but one fact makes it even more fascinating: Harper... Continue reading 

Tribute to Stanislaw Baranczak Feb201519

Stanislaw Baranczak, a famous Polish dissident poet and essayist, died on December 26 at his home in Newton, Mass, at the age of 68. Despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease, which made him leave his teaching career at Harvard in late nineties, the direct cause of death was pneumonia. Mr. Baranczak was well-known both in his native country and in the West as an anti-communist activist whose works were samizdat pass-around despite being banned in the countries of the Eastern Bloc. His... Continue reading