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Source of comment that Ah Qs are now running China (Lu Xun, 1930s)

The American journalist Edgar Snow, who is best known for his book Red Star Over China (1937), apparently managed to interview Lu Xun (1881 - 1936). According to Helmut Martin, who wrote an afterword ...
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Does this passage in King Lear develop the theme of compassion or truth? Also is the structure prose, blank verse, or rhyming iambic pentameter?

This is from Act 5 Scene 3 of King Lear: A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! I might have saved her. Now she’s gone for ever.— Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha? What is ’t thou ...
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Identify a children's picture book about unpleasant possum-like friend

I saw this book in the early 1990s. It's about a child and her friend, who is a creature that I think might be a possum. The possum-like family are grotesque, and have bad manners and hygiene. The ...
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Is there any significance to the format of Aziz's name?

One of the main protagonists in the outer frame story of Elif Shafak's The Forty Rules of Love is a man named Aziz Z. Zahara. This name immediately struck me because of its interesting relationship ...
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Was the naming of CHERUB an afterthought by Robert Muchamore?

In the original CHERUB series the children work for a secret espionage group called CHERUB. It is stated a few times throughout the books that whilst they believe the name is initials no one actually ...
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Where did the idea that Frankenstein is the name of the monster come from?

I know that the monster is addressed as Frankenstein in several spin off movies, but after doing some primary research cant find where this idea came from. Thanks in advance!
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“The South” by Jorge Luis Borges: book/movie differences?

What are some of the differences and similarities between the book "The South" and the movie? The book is about Juan Dahlmann with his accident. I know that the cat is in different places, that the ...
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Is there a connection between Shirley Jackson's novel “The Haunting of Hill House” and the movie “The House on Haunted Hill”?

I've always wondered if there is a connection between the film The House on Haunted Hill and Shirley Jackson's novel, The Haunting of Hill House? Both came out in 1959. Both have similar titles ...
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Historical/Romance/Fantasy: Orphan Girl with Magic becomes ward of a mage

I am trying to find a book that I probably read 15-25 yrs. ago. I have tried AbeBooks, Reddit, Goodreads and wrote to the New York Library (just did that today), Library of Congress (They acknowledged ...
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What does this phrase mean, “your touch left sweet accord in my frown”?

I recently read a piece of writing: "your touch left a sweet accord in my frown" Is this the right usage of the word accord? Am I missing something?
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Why did Sally Beth Roe have that particular last name?

"Jane Roe" a common name for an anonymous or unknown individual (similar to "John Doe" for men) - notably, for example, in the case Roe v. Wade. That being said, why was Sally Beth Roe's last name "...
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In “I have a dream”, how does Martin Luther King convince the audience?

In the speech "I have a dream", Martin L. King uses different techniques to convince the audience, but which technique is used most? Especially considering ethos, pathos and logos - which of these is ...
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What does the poet Sukanta Bhattacharya mean when he said e has to make room for the newborn?

Why does the poet here want to clean up this squalid earth and make room for them when everybody in this world is running after wealth, glamour, glory, fame and egotistical nature's distortion? Did ...
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How does irony contribute to the Flannery O'Connor stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People”?

In Flannery O’Connor's short stories “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Good Country People”, how does irony affect the reader's perception of the narrative and how it is used to construct the plot? ...
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Anyone know a book about a coat with rainbow square patterns?

I have a vague memory of a book my mum read to me before she passed away when I was very young. I think it was a book for young readers but it was decently thick. I'm from Australia, but I'm not sure ...
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Why did they meet the “ghost of Caesar” or go on the “road to Mandalay” in “Long Road out of Eden”?

The lyrics to Long Road out of Eden by the Eagles are as follows: Moon shinin' down through the palms Shadows movin' on the sand Somebody whisperin' the twenty-third psalm Dusty rifle in his ...
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Rhett Butler's character archetype?

My question is about "Gone with the Wind," and is actually more about cinema than literature (I haven't read the book), but I think it might also be pertinent here. How would you call Rhett Butler's ...
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Plot points and structural analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey

Could someone be so kind and help me identify the structural points in Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James? Here is what I have so far: First Plot Point: She signs the contract. First Pinch Point: ...
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Why does the guard call the inmates “girls” in “The Propagator”?

In Simone Kern's short story "The Propagator", there's a line where a prison guard for those convicted of "reproductive crimes" refers to the inmates as "girls": The guard leaned towards me, and ...
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Why don't writers add commas to lengthy sentences, to make them more readable?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). p. 124.     Listen to the ...
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How can some similes 'make comparisons' without thinking 'of one situation or thing as being something else'?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). p. 121.         ...
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Why does Anastasia describe her reaction to Christian as “irrational”?

I'm reading Fifty Shades of Grey. There's one passage that I don't understand: I close my eyes and take a deep, purifying breath, trying to recover what’s left of my equilibrium. No man has ever ...
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Dramatis Personae of Beauty and Sadness

Beauty and Sadness (美しさと哀しみと Utsukushisa to kanashimi to) clearly isn't an easy read. I had started it some 5 years ago, read till the middle and abandonned it. Now, I picked it up again and found a ...
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Did the recipient receive twelve partridges or just one?

In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, did the recipient receive a single partridge or did they receive one partridge each day for twelve days? Here are the relevant lyrics: On the First day of ...
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What is the poetic technique used in “I know why the caged bird sings”?

In this poem, when comparing the caged bird to suppressed black people in America, is the poet using metaphor or symbol?
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Is the Blue Ajah portrayed as “the good Ajah”?

In Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, the Aes Sedai are divided into seven Ajahs: the Blue, the Brown, the Green, the Grey, the Red, the White, and the Yellow (plus the Black Ajah, which is secret ...

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