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Was Rosemary Sutcliff's The High Deeds of Finn MacCool influenced by James Macpherson's Ossian translations?

In 1967, Rosemary Sutcliff published the children's novel The High Deeds of Finn MacCool, which is a retelling of the stories of the Irish hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Fenian Cycle. The ...
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Origin of the phrase “back when the animals could still speak” in Dutch fables or fairy tales

In Dutch, some fables or fairy tales (or both) begin with the words "[lang geleden] toen de dieren nog spraken / konden spreken", i.e. "[a long time ago] back when the animals still ...
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For Maupassant, were women more inclined to imitate others than men?

In Maupassant's short story "Le Signe" / "The Signal", part of the collection Le Horla (1887), the baroness de Grangerie tells her friend the marchioness de Rennedon how a woman of ill repute had ...
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Who is Tich Miller? What has happened to her? Why was this poem written about her?

My literature homework about poetry involves the poem 'Tich Miller' of Wendy Cope. it is as follows: Tich Miller wore glasses with elastoplast-pink frames and had one foot three sizes larger ...
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Meaning of “What important truth…?” in “Zero to One”

At the beginning of Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel writes: Whenever I interview someone for a job, I like to ask this question: "What important truth do ...
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Literary allusions in Catch 22

What are the various literary allusions in Catch-22? While reading I recognized Shakespeare’s Shylock’s speech on “equality” (from Merchant of Venice) and a few lines on Abbott and Costello but was ...
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Insight into a Book Similar to “To steal an ancient melody”

I am looking for a book such as the title "To Steal an Ancient Melody", or a book that uses the phrase "To steal an ancient melody". I am interested to see the story as it discusses what befalls the ...
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In the novel “Goat Days” what was Najeeb Muhammad's letter to his wife?

Goat Days is a novel written by Benyamin. It talks about migrant laborers in the Persian Gulf and how they are treated upon arriving in the Gulf states. Our hero in this novel is Najeeb Muhammed. He ...
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What is the difference between Zeffirelli movie and Shakespeare's play in Mercutio and Tybalt fight

What is the difference between the Zeffirelli film Romeo and Juliet and the original Shakespeare play, in the fight between Mercutio and Tybalt?
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Origin of “All civilizations think they are witnessing the end of the world”

I once read a book that had this phrase and sadly I never bookmarked it. I don't remember the exact words but is the idea in general. Does someone know where does it come from?
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Is Hamlet a misogynist?

Clearly, Hamlet had his issues with the women in his life including Ophelia. Would you say Hamlet is/isn't a misogynist?
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How is inner conflict presented in the poem “Tissue”?

We haven't studied this poem in clas due to the COVID-19 outbreak and schools shutting down, but we have made annotations for the poem. However nothing about conflict came up. Have you got anyideas ...
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What theme best links to the moment when one of the Martians is destroyed by artillery fire?

In The War of the Worlds, in Book 1 Chapter 12, one of the Martians is destroyed by artillery fire. Among all the themes that are prominent in the book, which theme would link to this moment best? I ...
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How does Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass prepare a reader to understand Huck’s relationship with Jim throughout the book?

How does the writing of the Narrative of Frederick Douglass help prepare or could help prepare to read Huckleberry Finn. What is similar and what is different in certain viewpoints? One of my teachers ...
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What was Shakespeare's inspiration for the several cross-dressing episodes in his plays?

I've heard that Shakespeare borrowed ideas from the events and other literary works from the time. He uses cross-dressing as major plot devices in several plays. Where did this come from?
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Story identification: protagonist creates the bumble-bee from clay

I'm trying to identify a story that I once read when I was at primary school nearly 30 years ago. All I can vaguely remember is some character in the story who was given the chance by God to create a ...
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Georgian London: they had Windows of course but … Linux?

I'm reading (the Italian translation of) The Confessions of Frannie Langton, a novel set in Georgian London, and one of the preeminent characters is the housekeeper of George and Marguerite Benham, ...
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Does David Housewright borrow from Michael Connelly's character Harry Bosch to develop his character Rushmore McKenzie for the McKenzie novels?

First I read Michael Connelly's books featuring Harry Bosch. Now I'm reading David Housewright's books featuring McKenzie. At times, I nearly get the two characters confused because of their ...
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Searching for a statement about development in society

I'm remembering a statement or quote I once read which I think was about society and its development. I don't remember it exactly though and would also like to know its origin. It went something like: ...
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Question about the ending of “A Brief History of Seven Killings”

There's a lot about "A Brief History of Seven Killings" that I don't quite understand, including this near the end:
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What does “hold” mean in this context from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

his grief only became more deep and rankling when he had leisure for reflection, and at length it took so fast hold of his mind that at the end of three months he lay on a bed of sickness What does "...
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What figure of speech does “alive enough to have strength to die” by Hardy contain?

The poem "Neutral Tones" by Thomas Hardy was written in 1867 and published in the 1898 collection Wessex Poems and Other Verses. It contains the stanza: The smile on your mouth was the deadest ...
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How to understand these expressions in Kevin Barry's OX Mountain Death Song?

The following excerpts are taken from Kevin Barry's OX Mountain Death Song. There are some expressions that I can't find in any dictionary, and I really want to know what do they mean. Question 1: ...
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Did J.K. Rowling know the diary was a horcrux when she wrote about it?

As far as I can tell, Rowling had planned out A LOT of details for the main plot of all 7 Harry Potter books even before publishing the first. Such questions have been asked here before (such as this)....
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Story from the perspective of a killer and the victim

Back when I was in school, I remember one of my English teachers telling us about a book she was about to read written from the perspective of both the killer and the killer's victim. Each chapter ...
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Poem about moving beds

I remember a poem about a little girl who is with her mum and is trying to change the sleeping arrangements or something so that she can stay in her dad's bed. I remember something about the father ...
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Question about a personal interpretation of Mckee's basic elements of Story: events and beats

I would like to propose a "technical/practical" interpretation of Mckee's basic story elements. My interpretation is some sort of a set theoretical motivated, on which the construction of ...
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How do Brooks Landon's commas stress cumulative rhythms in Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer”?

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 Bottom – p. 125 Top.         ...
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Meaning and implication of these lines in The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Bracknell: There are distinct social possibilities in your profile. The two weak points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile. The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely ...
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Why did Jim Taggart interrupt himself?

"I can't understand it..." said [Jim] Taggart miserably. "The top experts of the National Council of Metal Industries..." "Who's the president of the National Council of Metal Industries, Jim? Orren ...
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Why wasn't Ellis Wyatt researching new applications of oil (or at least diversifying his product line)?

When Dagny crashes in Galt's Gulch, we learn that Ellis Wyatt has been experimenting with new ways of producing oil. However, there's no textual evidence that he was researching new applications of ...
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Why didn't William Hastings's wife know about the Strike?

When Dagny visited William Hastings's wife, she showed absolutely no sign of any alignment with the Looters or Moochers - she was very straightforward with Dagny and showed none of the basic "...
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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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Why is the phrase “go a long way to explain” used in “The Sign and the Seal”?

The quote from "The Sign and The Seal" by Graham Hancock: "If this had been what had happened then it would undoubtedly go a long way to explain the strangely menacing suggestion to the King of ...
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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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Was Harry Potter the first magic series to use wands?

Was Harry Potter the first magic series to use wands? I can't really think of any other series that used them.
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Did a specific person inspire Lord Byron's poem “She walks in beauty”?

She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; Lord Byron's poem is a classic. Did someone special inspire it, and if so, who?
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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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Why didn't they harvest more genetic information?

In Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, towards the end of part II, the human race is reduced to 7 people (all women) who contrive to rebuild the human race by use of parthenogenesis. Due to various mishaps (...
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How accurate are the laws in Theodore Boone?

In Theodore Boone, John Grisham mentions several laws, such as about putting flyers on poles, drunk driving, and other random laws. How accurate are these? Are real laws, anywhere? Examples: Theo ...
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Forgetting by Robert Lynd

Tell me what the following line means: The fishing-rod of reality is forgotten by him as he day-dreams over the fears of the fishing-rod of Utopia. Especially, the fears of the fishing-rod of ...
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Did magic realism begin in literature? [closed]

Was magic realism started with literature or was it created in other arts before literature? For example, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a magic realistic book. Was One Hundred Years of Solitude ...
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Who is Jeanette?

I've read The Passage - Justin Cronin. The series was great, but I haven't heard much about Jeanette (from what I can remember). I really want to know if she's special like Amy. My question is was ...
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What is the Ruff of Don Tarquinio?

In The Reticence of Lady Anne, Saki writes: Don Tarquinio lay astretch on the Persian rug, basking in the firelight with superb indifference to the possible ill-humour of Lady Anne. His pedigree was ...
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Meaning of homology in Lucien Goldmann's genetic structuralism

In the 1960s the French philosopher, sociologist and literary theorist Lucien Goldmann developed a theory known as "genetic criticism" (e.g. in Sciences humaines et philosophie. Suivi de ...
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Has there ever been an African-American Vernacular English dictionary? [closed]

I am trying to look for a dictionary for African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) but I haven't found one, not even one. Google Books shows some introductory and general reference materials. I see ...
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How had Mr. Fay's coat left him while his hands were bound tightly in Arthur Conan Doyle's “The History of Spiritualism”?

In volume I of The History of Spiritualism, Arthur Conan Doyle quotes a letter from Dion Boucicault describing a performance by "the Davenport brothers and Mr W. Fay" on October 11, 1864. How had Mr. ...
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Huis Clos Description of the room

How does the room in hell in the first scene of the French play Huis Clos (No Exit in English) by Jean-Paul Sartre look like and how does Joseph Garcin react to it?
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Examples of mother-son writing partnerships [closed]

I've recently been reading the 'Flaxman Low' series of short stories by Hesketh Hesketh-Prichard, written in partnership with his mother Kate O'Brien Ryall Prichard. The fact that it was a mother-son ...
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What is the rhetorical purpose of the description of Miss Emily?

I have been asked this question and I am finding it difficult to pinpoint an answer. I presume it must be c) or e) but I cannot decide. An explanation of the correct choice would be very helpful. "...

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