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Which part or quote in Cicero is Greene referring to?

In Robert Greene's novel Gwydonius; The Carde of Fancie, one of the characters, Castania, uses the following words in her rejection of Gwydonius (italics from the origin; bold by me): Better it is ...
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Since so many books are translated into so many languages [duplicate]

...how can one be sure the translation is correct unless one speaks that language? Prime example: The Bible. This book (for the purpose of keeping religious arguments nonexistent here, its a piece of ...
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Is this quote by Francisco d'Anconia a veiled reference to the Strike?

Early on in the book, Francisco d'Antonia comments, “In his lifetime, every one of my ancestors raised the production of d’Anconia Copper by about ten per cent. I intend to raise it by one hundred.”...
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Difference between the two editions of “Great Books of the Western World”

I have the full original set of Great Books. I know there was an updated version published in the 70s(?). Is there a way to attain the rest without re-buying the whole set?
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What does ketha mean?

At the end of chapter VIII of Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury, Jack has a discussion with his wife about a certain "gossip" (an archaic term for "familiar acquaintance"), that he does not want to see ...
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What is the earliest book where bad spelling is primarily for humor value?

I've enjoyed books like Molesworth by Geoffrey Willans and The BFG by Roald Dahl, where bad spelling and grammar (the BFG's extensive writing on the dream jars) are an integral part of the joke, and ...
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Albert Thibaudet and the Geneva School?

I'm learning about the literary critic Albert Thibaudet. I read on Wikipedia that he was the co-founder of the Geneva School of literary criticism, but I don't remember my tutor mentioning that about ...
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What sort of nemiphar's oil provided protection against torpedoes?

In Robert Greene's novel Gwydonius; The Carde of Fancie (published in 1584) Clerophontes gives his son Gwydonius the following advice (italics from the original; bold by me): Who so meanes to be a ...
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Book that ends with the lines “Fall in love, it makes you brave. Ah, yes, very brave.”

Looking for what is probably a young adult book, pre-80's, possibly fantasy, that I read long ago which ends with these 2 lines, the 2nd line being its own paragraph: "Fall in love, it makes you ...
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What does Hodgekins' “Northerne speech” mean?

In chapter IV of Thomas Deloney's "novel" Thomas of Reading, king Henry I of England is willing to grant the clothiers a few requests as a reward for their support during a military campaign in France....
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Which literature work took the longest time in its author's life (finished or not)

As far as I know Goethe has that title with Faust (this site tells that it spanned 57 years). So, is it the record; or are there any other works took longer? Unfinished works are also considered to ...
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What is the figurative meaning of “were you not borne at home”?

In the "novel" Thomas of Reading by Thomas Deloney, there is some sort of weaving or cloth making competition between the London weavers and a few clothiers from other towns (including one named ...
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Why is the title of “Le Morte d'Arthur” in French if the book is in English?

Le Morte d'Arthur, often considered the first English novel, is an early version of the story of Camelot. The book is according, to Wikipedia, written in Middle English. Why, then, is the title of the ...
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Why is Seamus Heaney's “The Cure at Troy” so often quoted in political contexts?

The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's translation and adaptation of Sophocles's Philoctetes set during the Trojan War. It seems to be very often quoted by politicians: most recently by British prime ...
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What is a Cawdle?

At the end of the first chapter of Thomas Deloney's Jack of Newbury, Jack's unnamed wife makes him a "Cawdle": In the morning his wife rose betime, and merrily made him a Cawdle, and bringing it up ...
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For Saintsbury, which English novelists constituted the “great quartet of the mid-eighteenth century”?

In the anthology Shorter Novels: Elizabethan, first published in 1929, George Saintsbury writes in the introduction that the English novel had something like a false start in the Elizabethan era and ...
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Times Atlases differences [closed]

I'm looking into buying a Times Atlas of the World. They come in various types at different costs, from high to low: Comprehensive Concise Universal Reference Desktop In the bookstore I went through ...
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Books on Art and Literature [closed]

I'm the head of a conversational club and one of the topics proposed by my partners was about the linking of literature and painting. How or When has literature (art) inspired works in art (literature)...
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What sort of “relief of the poor” is Thomas Deloney alluding to?

Thomas Deloney's Elizabethan novel Jack of Newberie is based on the life of the English clothier John Winchcombe or Jack of Newbury. In the second chapter, he marries for the second time. Deloney ...
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What was the first novel written in the present tense?

Although many novels are still written in the past tense, it seems that many other novels nowadays are written in the present tense. When did this begin? What was the first novel written primarily in ...
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Virginia Woolf's stance on literary canon

What was Virginia Woolf's take on literary canon? How does her book A Room of One's Own argue or imply that literary canon should be changed?
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UK comedy book about a man falsely accused of murder while his wife is off with the new neighbours

This should be easy to remember, but I'm having a senior moment. In the 1980s, potentially early 1990s, I read a very funny book about a man who's wife goes off with the new neighbours on a houseboat ...
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Is the central relationship in “Life in the Fast Lane” coercive?

He was a hard-headed man he was brutally handsome And she was terminally pretty She held him up and he held her for ransom In the heart of the cold, cold city He had a nasty reputation as a ...
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Which of these sources is right about “The Tempest”?

This is part of a quote by Ferdinand in the beginning of scene 1 of act 3 of "The Tempest": But these sweet thoughts do even refresh my labours, Most busy, least when I do it. According to ...
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Why did the N.I.C.E. bother with Dr. Filostrato?

Dr. Filostrato believed (incorrectly, as it turns out) that he had preserved the head of François Alcasan. Towards the end of the book, it's revealed that the Macrobes didn't really need Filostrato's ...
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In A Tale of a Tub, in what sense does Martin stand between Peter and Jack?

Wikipedia has the following to say about Jonathan Swift's A Tale of a Tub (formatting added): A Tale of a Tub is divided between various forms of digression and sections of a "tale". The "...
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Is there some cultural significance in the “chhanna” or metal bowl?

The Punjabi poem "Chhanna, the Metal Bowl" is about a "flat-bottom metal bowl" which is apparently some kind of family heirloom, "filled with memories". What's so special about a metal bowl? Is it ...
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What is the name of this old (ancient?) story?

I remember reading years ago a very old book I'd downloaded from Google Books. It was enthralling. The style was intensely laconic and concrete. But before I finished it, I lost it and am now ...
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What is the effect of the stage directions in scene 6 of The Glass Menagerie?

In Scene 6, page 50 line 27, there's the following stage direction: Low drums sound when the doorbell rings and Laura is required to open the door to let Jim and Tom in. What is the effect of this ...
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Girl from poor background adopted by lord, falls for her half-sibling?

I can't remember the book or character names, but it was a novel from the 1850s-1950s, probably British. The main character was a very beautiful teenage girl from a poor background, with a drunkard ...
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“The Apple Tree” ending and the meaning behind it

I've recently been tasked with analysing "The Apple Tree" by John Galsworthy. I've had no major issues with understanding the text, but i really can't grasp the ending. Up on the top of the hill, ...
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Does Holly Short get to say goodbye to her mom?

I just finished re-reading the Artemis Fowl series, books 1-8. There were a couple of things that I seem to remember happening from the first time I read the series, a while ago, but that I didn't ...
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Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Abstraction Analysis

The Random House Teacher's Guide for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks poses this question. Can you help to break down the question and understand what is being asked for? Rebecca Skloot begins ...
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Romance Web Novel Title Inquiry

I would like to know the book title of a romantic story of a guy and a girl. I do not remember the exact plot but the general idea is that the girl broke up with the guy for a surgery. However, the ...
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In “Candide”, are Prussian officers recruiting for the Bulgarian army?

I am reading Candide as part of my A Level. In the story Candide is chased from his home and finds "Two men dressed in blue". We later learn that they are trying to recruit him in the Bulgarian army. ...
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Fairy tale about disguised Prince searching for Princess [closed]

I’m searching for a fairy tale I’m almost sure I once read as a child about a Prince who was searching for his Princess. Because all the established Princesses he knew from surrounding kingdoms were ...
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How is Hamlet different from a conventional Elizabethan revenge play?

It is well known that Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy established the genre of revenge tragedy in Elizabethan drama. The play contains many elements such as the appearance of a ghost, a play within ...
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Is there a useful “entry-level” annotated edition of Le Morte d'Arthur

I've always been a huge fan of Arthurian legend, and have read many books and comics etc inspired by it. But I've always wanted to read a telling of the stories that was much closer to the source so ...
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Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition? [migrated]

Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics: Does imitation play any role in child language acquisition?
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Meaning of “abandoned his grin to them” in Ted Hughes' “The Contender”?

In "The Contender" (a poem in Ted Hughes' Crow collection), there's a group of lines with peculiar syntax. Here are the lines: He abandoned his grin to them his grimace In his face upwards body ...
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Short story by Flannery O'Connor: conversation used in psychology periodical

I'd like the title of the short story by Flannery O'Connor in which a man thinks he is engaging in friendly conversation only to find that his responses are used as data in an article published in a ...
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Are all editions of “Joseph und seine Brüder” (by Thomas Mann) the same?

There are several editions of Joseph and his brothers (original German Joseph und seine Brüder). Do all of them contain the same text? Or did Thomas Mann make some "adjustments" for some publishers?
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Why does the boy-next-door raise objections about the racist remarks that the others are making?

Why does the boy-next-door raise objections about the racist remarks that his yippie friends make in the introductory chapters? Bateman does it twice in quick succession as if to show the reader that ...
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Why the title “Agunot” for S. Y. Agnon's short story?

S. Y. Agnon's first influential story is "Agunot" - in fact, his chosen name "Agnon" comes from the same word. The word "Agunot" is the plural form of the word "Agunah", which is the term for a woman ...
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Why do Major Barbara and Undershaft shake hands?

In George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, I came across the following conversation which culminates with Barbara and her father Colonel Undershaft shaking hands: BARBARA. No. Will you let me try? ...
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Children's book (maybe German) I read in about 1995, fox and badger need to dig a tunnel to escape from farmer guarding their burrow's exit

I'm looking for a children's book that I read some time between 1997 and 1999, but it wasn't a new book so I guess it might have been written before 1990. I must have been about 8-10 years old when I ...
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The oldest tradition stopped before it got back to him

The following passage is taken from The Call of the Wild. What do the boldfaced parts mean? This lost mine was steeped in tragedy and shrouded in mystery. No one knew of the first man. The oldest ...
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What is the earliest work with the time-loop trope?

The film "Groundhog Day" has a plot centered around a character whose day repeats exactly the same way each day, and upon waking retains memory of the previous day. This is what I call a "time-loop," ...
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How are “sin and love and fear” “just sounds” in Faulkner's “As I Lay Dying”?

I lighted upon this quote from Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying on WikiQuote: He did not know that he was dead, then. Sometimes I would lie by him in the dark, hearing the land that was now of my ...
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1970s feminist book with premise something like: All men are guilty of raping all women?

In the mid-1970s I read a feminist book with a premise that was something like: All men are guilty of raping all women. I would like to re-read this to see if I am remembering it correctly. I ...

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