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Why don’t writers layer and number lengthy sentences?

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). pp 55-56. Why don’t writers tier long ...
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About Jake's fate in The Gunslinger

I've just finished reading The Gunslinger and I'm really sad about Jake and how Roland left him behind. I want to know at least if in the other books of the series there will be some mention that Jake ...
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Original Translation of Camera Obscura by Vladimir Nabokoff-Sirin

Does anyone know where, if I may, get an online copy of the original translation of Vladimir Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark in English, entitled Camera Obscura, translated by Winifred Roy in 1936, ...
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What is the correct term for “fine words”?

Usually when writing poems or literature, the authors looks for words that can convey their ideas faithfully. The same thing happens to the readers, when suddenly they understand the problem so clear. ...
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What did Tolkien mean by “The Eagles are a dangerous 'machine'”?

I'm very confused by this quote, found on: http://www.sean-crist.com/personal/pages/eagles/index.html "The Eagles are a dangerous 'machine'. I have used them sparingly, and that is the absolute ...
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Who said that when you know something, it is hard to pretend not to know?

There is a famous quote that I forget the reference. The saying is similar to "when you know something, it is hard to pretend not to know." A similar saying from Ludwig Wittgenstein is ...
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Meaning of lines about the lamb in the Enigma song Rivers of Belief

A sentence in the Enigma song Rivers of Belief goes as follows: And when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, Silence covered the sky. There is a Biblical reference here. But I would like to know, what ...
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Meaning of “profitably watch the expression on the face of a ship's figure” in “Stolen Ingots”?

In "Stolen Ingots" in Dr. Thorndyke's Case-Book by R. Austin Freeman,the chief officer and the inspector were insisting on that they have captured the stolen ingots, but Thorndyke was a bit ...
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Are there well-known examples of “fanfictions” of works written because an author disagreed with the original? [closed]

I wonder if either of these two scenarios ever happened: Author A: writes story Author B: This stinks. writes derivative work of A's work that fixes perceived weakness from the original Or Author A:...
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Meaning of “the throbbing air about him” in “The Fellowship of the Ring”?

This phrase is taken from The Fellowship of the Ring, book II, chapter 1 (page 261): At first the beauty of the melodies and of the interwoven words in elven-tongues, even though he understood them ...
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What's the meaning of “ leave him open to the summons ” in The Lord Of The Rings?

From book 1|Chapter 2 of The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien The Ring of the Enemy would leave its marks,too, leave him open to the summons. What is the meaning of the phrase in bold?
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What does “reckoning of years” mean?

About this time legend among the Hobbits first becomes history with a reckoning of years. What does "reckoning of years" mean in this passage from The Lord of the Rings?
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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 ...
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Regarding a conversation between Miss. Price, Miss. Crawford and Edmund in Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

I am reading chapter 11 of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. There is a conversation going on between Fanny, Edmund, and Mrs. Crawford. In the book the conversation is going on without explicitly ...
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What does it mean to say “the future of the English language is grand but as far as its literature is concerned it seems bleak”?

An English professor commented that "the future of the English language is grand but as far as its literature is concerned it seems bleak". How can this sentence be interpreted? What exactly is the ...
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“Just William” story where he gets a mouth organ on Christmas Day

I remember listening to a "Just William" audiobook when I was younger about a Christmas Day when he received a mouth organ, and started playing it really early in the morning.
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American book translated to French: poor boy starts out selling newspapers in the street

I'm French and am looking for a book I read as a child. I think it's an American book (I read it translated in French). It's about a boy, probably in the early XXth century (or late XIXth), who is ...
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Is Hejinian saying that there is no one privileged way of reading any text?

You can read about the so called l=a=n=g=u=a=g=e poet's rejection of closure here (it's short). Is she saying that an open reading, which is what the text is about, theorizes on, does not privilege ...
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Is it common to reveal suspense in epilogue?

According to the dictionary epilogue means a speech or piece of text that is added to the end of a play or book, often giving a short statement about what happens to the characters after the ...
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What did George Orwell try to communicate with “Animal Farm”?

What exactly is the message that George Orwell tried to communicate through Animal Farm? What exactly did he mean by The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to ...
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Macbeth is a play about power, what quote demonstrates this?

One of the topics of Shakespeare's Macbeth is power. In the play, it has been demonstrated that one can use power to achieve what they want. I am unable to find good, powerful quotes to prove this ...
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Looking for a famous quote by William Wordsworth probably relevant to the concept of the Anthropocene

I've talked to someone who studied English literature and the concept of Anthropocene recently, and the person quoted Wordsworth during our conversation. Unfortunately I can not remember the quote, ...
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Point of view in Eudora Welty's “A Worn Path”

In "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty, how can the story's point of view be described? How does the point of view affect what we know about the situation?
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Meaning of “Upon one other interest I have not yet touched—to me the weightiest and farthest—reaching of all”

Arthur Conan Doyle's The History of Spiritualism contains the passage quoted below. In his presidential address before the British Association at Bristol in 1898, Sir William briefly referred to his ...
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How does The Meursault Investigation reference The Fall?

Kamel Daoud's novel The Meursault Investigation (Meursault, contre-enquête, 2013) is a retelling of and sequel to The Stranger / L'Étranger by Albert Camus. But that is not the only Camus novel it ...
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Has “which were” been omitted before “noted” in this text?

Has "which were" been omitted before "noted" in this text from The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7, last page of Chapter IX? See the quoted passage below, with emphasis ...
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Does the Greek or Latin “Corpus Hermeticum” exist online anywhere in text format?

Looking for the original latin or greek Corpus Hermeticum online somewhere in text format (i.e. not a PDF). Does such a thing exist?
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Why did Crake choose Jimmy to take care of the Crakers?

In the book Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, why did Crake choose Jimmy to take care of the Crakers? Please answer using evidence from textual quotes to support your claims.
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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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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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How can “Death be not proud” be related to the areas of exploration?

Here is the summary of the poem "Death Be Not Proud" by Jon Donne (Source - https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44107/holy-sonnets-death-be-not-proud)- “Death Be Not Proud” presents an argument ...
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Trying to find a book from the 2000s geared towards young adult/teens

I just remembered this book series that I read as a teen. I can’t remember the name of them and it’s killing me! I know this a long shot but here it goes: It’s about a girl going to college (or it ...
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How did Jonathan know about Nangiyala?

In Astrid Lindgren's The Brothers Lionheart (originally Bröderna Lejonhjärta in Swedish), Jonathan and Karl/Rusky (originally Jonatan and Karl/Skorpan) are two brothers. Jonathan tells his younger, ...
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How to tell whether a book is worth reading? [closed]

I often look for books by topic. For example, recently I wanted to find books about princesses reclaiming their throne, and I got recommended a few. I googled each title, read the summary, if I could ...
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Why didn't Eddie Willers ever connect some of the disappearances to his conversations with the Mystery Worker?

Eddie Willers periodically ate dinner in the Taggart cafeteria with the Mystery Worker (who is, of course, later identified as John Galt). They discuss a lot of different things, including the state ...
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Why does the narrator ask to “give me some time” in “Brand New Day” by Ryan Star?

From Brand New Day by Ryan Star contains the following lyrics: I stayed in one place for too long Gotta get on the run again I saw the one thing that I want Hell bent, get outta bed I'm ...
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How to describe the tone/mood of “The Wanderer”? [closed]

"The Wanderer" is an Old English (Anglo-Saxon) poem from the Exeter Book. What best describes the overall tone/mood of this poem? Is it deeply philosophical, highly emotional, or carefree? ...
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Man is in jail for murder, gets killed by victims family

Ok I think this was a short story I read, but it may have been a novel or even a tv show or movie. There is a man in jail for murder and a lady is there asking him to write in a journal or something ...
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Is there a complete anthology of the Fenian Cycle?

Is there a book that contains English translations of all the prose and poetry in the Fenian Cycle?
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Can you compare the first test with the second? (content and grammar) [closed]

The test is about Gothic Novels, Romanticism, William Wordsworth. The test is about Gothic Novels, Romanticism, William Wordsworth.
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Looking for a book whose title roughly translates to Way to Oregon

I am looking for a book whose title roughly translates to "Way to Oregon". The author was a person of color. The story is about a group who were involved in trade when Europeans first ...
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What's exactly meant by “on its homeward journey” in “The Just Men of Cordova”?

In chapter 12 of The Just Men of Cordova (1917) by Edgar Wallace, the author is describing a horse race: The field was at the starting-post: “Your horse is drawn in the middle,” she said. He put up ...
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What is the word which often appears in Great Expectations?

I heard Great Expectations as an audiobook. I am trying to identify the word pronounced something like "desingal" or "degemal". What is this word?
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What would be the diet on the Lord of the Flies's island?

If there were an uninhabited tropical island (assumed to be in the Pacific) with the conditions and history necessary for pigs, and pink granite, what would the boys likely have eaten? It's mentioned ...
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How can I get better at remembering the subject in lengthy, complicated passages (poems or otherwise)?

I struggle, especially in poetry and older English books, with comprehension and I think one of the biggest problems is that I lose track of the subject that is in view during long passages that ...
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When did it become popular to drop the A.D. in dates? [migrated]

Since when did it become popular to shorthand years from 2020 A.D. to 2020? I haven't seen anything after a google search, and in fact I wonder if it was even popular to use A.D., ever. I don't recall ...
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The Ballad of Rudolph Reed

I found different versions of the Gwendolyn Brooks´ "The Ballad of Rudolph Reed". Could someone provide me with a reliable version?
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Old Eagle Novel - Was Northbrook Boarding or Day School?

I recently acquired an old novel by Peter Ling, based on the now defunct Eagle comic. Entitled, The Three Js and the Pride of Northbrook, it followed the adventures of three boys whose first names all ...
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Finding a book involving a boy and carnival

In 2008 I read a book (fiction) about a boy living with a carnival. The carnival was a bunch of radical environmentalists. I can't recall the title or the author so I'm hoping somebody on here can ...
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Did James Joyce focus more on literary style and methods but a little less deep focus on the main content?

I started reading James Joyce with his poetry Pomes Penyeach and then I went for some short stories in Dubliners. I found that the style and the sudden change of contents (as especially in The Dead) ...

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