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There is Life Before Reading Moby-Dick, and There is Life After Reading Moby-Dick
Works mentioned: Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour 50 Great American Short Stories edited by Milton Crane Great Short Works of Herman Melville edited by Warner Berthoff The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
“Arma Virumque” by Ambrose Bierce
The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick The Sea-Wolf by Jack London The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
Other authors mentioned:
Patrick F. McManus
Edgar Allan Poe
U.S. Inauguration Day:
“All the multiple manifestations of a free and democratic society fail of their predicted issue, and we find ourselves lapped in confusion and numb with disappointment and chagrin.”
“Why We Do Not Behave Like Human Beings”
Ralph Adams Cram
The Ancient doctrine of progressive evolution which became dominant during the last half of the nineteenth century, was, I suggest, next to the religious and philosophical dogmas of Dr. Calvin and the political and social doctrines of M. Rousseau, the most calamitous happening of the last millennium. In union with Protestantism and democracy, and apparently justified in its works by the amazing technological civilization fostered by coal, iron, steam and electricity, it is responsible for the present estate of society, from which there is no escape, it would seem, except through comprehensive calamity. Continue reading →
One whose work flirts with Buddhism and beings not quite human.
⁓The Voice before the Void
Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (May 31, 1893 – August 31, 1986) was an American writer of fiction and poetry for children and adults. She won the 1931 Newbery Medal from the American Library Association recognizing The Cat Who Went to Heaven as the previous year’s “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” In 1968 she was a highly commended runner-up for the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s writers.
Elizabeth Coatsworth was born May 31, 1893, to Ida Reid and William T. Coatsworth, a prosperous grain merchant in Buffalo, New York. Coatsworth attended Buffalo Seminary, a private girl’s school, and spent summers with her family on the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. She began traveling as a child, vising the Alps and Egypt at age five. Coatsworth graduated from Vassar College in 1915 as Salutatorian. In 1916 she received a Master of Arts from Columbia University. She then traveled to the Orient, riding horseback through the Philippines, exploring Indonesia and China, and sleeping in a Buddhist monastery. These travels would later influence her writing. Continue reading →