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Significance of the Phoenician Sailor having pearls for eyes in The Waste Land
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It's an allusion to Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act I, scene ii. Ariel sings to Ferdinand, in order to deceive him into thinking his father has been drowned in a shipwreck. ARIEL sings Full ...

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Does V reference Stanislaw Lem's "His Master's Voice", and if so, why?
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No, it has nothing to do with Lem's novel. It's a play on the famous trademark originated by the Gramophone Company (and later used by EMI) in the UK and used by Victor (and later RCA) in the USA. ...

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Do any of J. D. Salinger's short stories share locations or characters?
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Arguably, all of Salinger's published stories share the same "universe," which is his own. That said, specific overlap in characters in currently-published works is limited to the stories and ...

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What order should I read Thomas Pynchon's novels in?
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If you're tackling the first three books, I'd say Lot 49, followed by V., followed by Gravity's Rainbow. "A Journey into the Mind of Watts" makes a nice addition somewhere in there. There is a ...

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What was "Rip Van Winkle" based on?
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Yes, certainly, but we don't know exactly which one(s). The Wikipedia page for the story lists many possible literary forerunners from both European and Native American folk and fairy tale traditions ...

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What is the origin of including formulas in a literary text?
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When it was published, Cryptonomicon was often compared to Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, which is also set during WWII and (to a much lesser extent than Cryptonomicon) the present day, has a technology-...

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What do the first two lines of this rap by Public Enemy mean?
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Here’s a rough gloss of the verses: “Back” —> “we have returned with a second album” “caught you lookin’ for the same thing” —> “we know you were expecting us to repeat our prior success with a ...

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Did James Joyce's writing style influence Ernest Hemingway?
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Hemingway knew Joyce personally, as they were both expatriates in Paris at the same time. In 1923, the year Hemingway’s first collection of stories was published, Hemingway claimed that Joyce was “...

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