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Looking for a story about a Confederate leader in the US civil war

This was written around the mid 20th century by an author who (I think) was also known for sci-fi, but this was about a real person and (more or less) based on real events. The protagonist was a ...
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Some words about Hamlet [on hold]

When you hear the name Hamlet and when you imagine this character in your head, how does he look like in your imagination?Could you describe in details please?
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What is the origin of Dream's helm in Neil Gaiman's “The Sandman”?

The Wikipedia page states that it is the head and spine of a defeated enemy: In battle he wears a helm made from the skull and backbone of a defeated enemy. This helm, which resembles a World War ...
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What type of escapist literature is popular in Latin America?

What type of escapist literature is considered popular “garbage entertainment” for Spanish-speaking readers in Latin America? I'll clarify what I want to understand: I know for a fact that in Asia (...
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Short story where an older lady realizes that her new beau has been murdering his wives, but decides to go with it

I was reading the TV Tropes entry for The Bluebeard and it made me recall a short story (probably less than 20 pages) I read probably in the early 2000s, I think part of a mystery anthology. The ...
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Which London streets mentioned in Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are fictional?

In the course of the Sherlock Holmes stories, many streets are named. Let's focus here on London streets. Many of them are real, e.g. Baker St., Oxford St., Regent St. and many more. Which of them, ...
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The meaning of the poem “Crucified” by Kahlil Gibran

I am a high school student, and my assignment was to find intertextuality of the crucifixion of Christ and write a reflection about it. I was surfing on the web, and found a poem called "Crucified" ...
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What's the technique in 'To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.' from Macbeth?

I see the obvious use of repetition but I felt like there might be some more specific type of repetition/technique to comment about here
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Trying to find a comic strip about “What your clothes say about you”

I recall a comic strip about the statement that your clothes make, but don't seem to be able to find it. It goes something like this: Cartoon of a Guy with great hair, smile, and a suit. Caption: ...
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Who does “he” refer to in this passage from Les Miserables?

In the following passage from Les Miserables, with characters Mr. Thenardier and Jean Valjean, who does the bold "he" refer to? Be that as it may, on entering into conversation with the man, sure ...
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What does it mean that Gilgamesh “took” the people of Uruk?

From The Epic of Gilgamesh, modernised Muss-Arnolt translation: None with weapon might challenge him as rival. His men stand at attention, longing for his orders; but the old men of Uruk grouse ...
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Looking for the source of a quote [closed]

I saw a YouTube video about a year ago from an old and either retired or retiring software architect. He was describing the absolute mess that software development had become, and the video was ...
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In “Howl”, what does “Blake-light tragedy” mean?

In the passage from Ginsberg's Howl: who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the scholars of war How does the hyphen in Blake-...
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Swift's Great Mystery

In his best known book, History of Shit, Dominique Laporte mentions "Swift's Great Mystery" when listing pertinent literature (pp. 100-101): The Biblioteca Scatalogica furnishes an impressive list ...
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Deeper meaning of Richard Siken's quote

Eventually something you love is going to be taken away. And then you will fall to the floor crying. And then, however much later, it is finally happening to you: you’re falling to the floor crying ...
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Was Roald Dahl the first to use the “Hitler twist?”

In his story story "Genesis and Catastrophe [1959] , also called "A fine son", Roald Dahl uses a plot twist that has been done so often that it is an eye-roller: revealing near the end that the ...
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Trying to find a particular anecdote about programming [closed]

I remember this anecdote from shortly after I graduated college, so it was on the internet at least in 2014. The point of the anecdote was that two equally valid solutions to a problem can take ...
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Story about siblings crossing the United States on foot

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago, but it felt much older. I think the prices used suggested it taking place in the 50's or 60's. (I was a european kid who never used dollars, I might be ...
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Is it true that short stories “must” end without definite conclusions?

In my native subcontinental literature, there is a notion that one of the identifying features of short stories is, it must end without a conclusion. The reader is left guessing. That is, the reader ...
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What does A. E. C. denote in the poem about Edward Anti-Teller?

"Perils of Modern Living" is a poem written by the physicist Harold P. Furth inspired by a speech on antimatter by Edward Teller. (Hat-tip to our comrades at Worldbuilding SE for making me aware of ...
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What does T. S. Eliot mean in the poem The Hollow Men when he ended it with “This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper”?

I once read a poem "The Hollow Men" by T. S. Eliot. The poet ended the verse like this: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a ...
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Has Ernest Hemingway affected James Joyce's writing style? Or reversely? [closed]

I'm doing a comparison paper, and I think there is something in common between Hemingway and Joyce's short story writing: concise but powerful. For Hemingway's work, I want to use "A clean, well-...
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An undecipherable part of 'Gold Fish' by Raymond Chandler

"Listen," Sunset complained. "I don't know you from last Sunday's sports section. You may be all to the silk. I just don't know." "Why'd you brace me?" I asked. "You had the word, didn't you?" This ...
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A king commissioned an ever growing map of his kingdom

I’m just paraphrasing what I remember. I believe this is from a science fiction novel. But essentially it says “A king commissioned a map of his kingdom to be made. It wasn’t inclusive enough, so it ...
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Why is Naked Lunch by Burroughs so groundbreaking and recognized as a literary milestone by prominent authors that succeeded its publication?

I've recently finished it and although I found it fascinating and very articulate at times, I fail to see any profound themes or literary significance that could be drawn from it.
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Could T.S. Eliot's namedrop early on in Catch-22 be a play on The Wasteland

Both pieces of work are reactions to post-war trauma, but unlike The Wasteland, which aims to put back together the fragments of Western Literature, fractured by The Great War, and sees the grand ...
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Was Afghanistan considered tropical or was Holmes wrong?

From the 1887 Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet: ... He has just come from the tropics, for his face is dark, and that is not the natural tint of his skin ... Where in the tropics could an ...
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What, exactly, is the “Perfect Beast”?

The song Building the Perfect Beast by Don Henley repeats the following phrases several times: Soon he will be released Glory hallelujah! We're building the perfect beast Why does this include ...
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What does “fail us” mean in the book “Pachinko”?

I just began reading the book "Pachinko," and it starts thus: History failed us, but no matter. At the turn of the century, an aging fisherman and his wife decided to take in lodgers for ...
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Most important papers on Beowulf or a lit review on Beowulf scholarship [closed]

I'm doing some research on Beowulf for class and I'm aware of some of the major pieces of scholarship (most notably, of course, 'Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics', along with works like Grendel) ...
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Does an English version of Burdick's book on Hubert Lanz exist?

Wasn't sure whether to ask on history SE or here, but am trying this. In the German language book Hubert Lanz: General der Gebirgstruppe by the American professor Charles B. Burdick, who does not ...
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What young adult series involved a club of boys who bought a submarine?

I recall a series of young adult or children book, but cannot find the name about a group of boys who solved a detective club of sorts. They solved mysteries or other problems in their community. In ...
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Does anybody know where the Hemingway reference is located in The Deer Park?

I am rather enamoured by the late Norman Mailer. He wrote a letter to the late Ernest Hemingway in 1955. It is as follows: TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY —because finally after all these years I am ...
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Why is the be-verb here infinitive in “the Female Persuasion”?

I have been reading a book titled "the Female Persuasion." There is a phrase with a infinitive be-verb, which I am curious about why "be" should be instead of am. "I wasn't supposed to be here at ...
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Story/children's story about a middle/high school boy asking out two girls to prom

Not exactly a book, but a short story, young-adult maybe. From what I can remember, the story was relatively short, something around 20-30 pages, maybe ? I remember reading the story about 8 years ago ...
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Who ran the small errands in 19th century London?

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke is set in 19th century London. Four of the main characters, Sally, Fred, Rosa, and Trembler, are running a small photographic studio. They are not particularly ...
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Meaning of “and a good halfpenny where 'twas a bad one” in Thomas Hardy's “Far from the Madding Crowd”

From Far from the Madding Crowd, from the scene in which Bathsheba is paying her workers their wages: "What do you do on the farm?" "I do do carting things all the year, and in seed time I shoots ...
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Translation source of Miyamoto Musashi Book of Five Rings

I search unsuccessfully the sources of the following translations into english from Gorin no Sho, Miyamoto Musashi. It is not the version of Victor Harris from 1974. Many thanks mort In battle, ...
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What's the meaning of the last two sentences in Macbeth, Act 4, Scene 3?

Here, Malcolm is talking to Macduff as they are now determined to overthrow Macbeth. Generally speaking, I know what is going on but I'm not sure what Malcolm means by "cheer" and "night" that never ...
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Meaning of the prose of Monsieur Jourdain

I just stumbled across the expression in Molière's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme of Monsieur Jourdain having been speaking prose for all of his life. As far as I understand this is used today as a ...
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What does “pick up shop” mean in “Hillbilly Elegy”?

Let me share some part of the book, and I would appreciate if you give me the answer to my question. There were undoubtedly many of these children and grandchildren, as hillbillies tended to have ...
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What does “get to” mean in “Hillbilly Elegy”?

I have been reading a book titled "Hillbilly Elegy," and I have its Korean translation too. But at some part, especially which I am curious about in meaning, the translation seems so uncertain, so I ...
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What does “ceremony of innocence” mean In “The Second Coming”?

The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,...
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What are the differences and similarities between the role of female “sovereignty” in Lanval and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”?

I would like to know the specific differences and similarities and some examples for me to better understand the differences and similarities.
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What does “the cedars where our old ones sleep” mean here?

days pass easy over these ancient hills  i wander near a moccasin path overgrown with rusted cans and weeds i stand in the forest at sunset waiting for a song from the rising wind  it ...
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What does it mean when Ralph is thinking about Piggy's death in Lord of the Flies by Golding

I have a question about this quote: "He yearned for a bed and sheets- but the only whiteness here was the slow spilt milk, luminous round the rock forty feet below, where Piggy had fallen. Piggy ...
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Has “The Duel” by Joseph Conrad been published in any recent story collections?

I'm a fan of the Ridley Scott film The Duellists (1977) which is based on the story "The Duel" by Joseph Conrad. I would like to read the original story, but whenever I search for paperback ...
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Is there a math mistake in Moby Dick Chapter 99?

In Chapter 99 ("The Doubloon") of Moby Dick, Flask comments that the doubloon is worth 16 dollars, and, at two cents a cigar, that will get him 960 cigars. But if each cigar is two cents, then you ...
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What does abbreviation “nk” means in line spacing? [closed]

I see in some journals that mention the line spacing in MS Word in terms of "nk". What does that mean and how can I set that in the Word?
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In what year do the events of The Giver take place?

I am just curious but in which year does The Giver take place?

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