Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (II)

The Hours – the movie Michael Cunningham’s 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Hours, focused on three generations of women affected by Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway. In 2002, a film version of the novel was released starring Nicole Kidman as … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born in Berdichev (now Ukraine). It was when he was in his twenties that he managed to speak English, becoming one of the greatest novelists in this language. In 1874 he moved to Marseilles where he … Continue reading

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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley: (1894-1963) he was born in Godalming (Surrey). His grandfather Thomas Henry Huxley  was a very important philologist and since he was a child he was surrounded by intellectual people. In 1921 he published his first published novel  Crome … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby, by Francis Scott Fitzgerald (II)

You can see this video from the film The Great Gatsby (1974) starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. It shows a fantastic portrait of the American society during the 1920s. I recommend it to all of you! Analysis The Great … Continue reading

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Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf (I)

Mrs Dalloway was published in 1925. It is a complex modernist novel by Virginia Woolf. It is a wonderful study of its principal characters. The novel enters into the consciousness of the people it takes as it subjects, creating a … Continue reading

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Clarissa, or, the story of a young lady, by Samuel Richardson

Plot Summary Clarissa Harlowe tells the story of a virtuous, beautiful eighteen-year-old woman who is brought to tragedy by the wickedness of her world. Her family possesses great wealth but little status. The trouble starts when Richard Lovelace comes to … Continue reading

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Samuel Richardson

Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was a well known writer of the 18th century. But before being a writer he was a printer. In 1738 his work as a printer was successful and a year later his friends asked him to write … Continue reading

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Pamela;or virtue rewarded, by Samuel Richardson

A general summary The novel starts showing us the situation of Pamela, an educated and polite fifteen years-old maid, whose Lady has just died. Before her death, this Lady recommends her servants and particularly Pamela to the Lady’s son: Mr. … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf

Adeline Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English author, essayist, publisher, and writer of short stories, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Virginia Woolf … Continue reading

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is probably one of the most remarkable writers of the XX century. Fitzgerald was born in Minnesota (North America) and belonged to a rather wealthy family. Fitzgerald novels, essays and tales were an actual reflection … Continue reading

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