Author Archives: Dámaris Asprón

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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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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Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

Heart of darkness Heart of Darkness is a novel by Joseph Conrad and it is set in the Victorian period, at the term of the 19th century. We have to take into account this characteristic in order to understand many … Continue reading

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On the Grasshopper and Cricket

Analysis Formal Analysis We can see that there are four stanzas: two quatrains and two tercets. Each verse has ten syllables, so we conclude that it is a Petrarchan sonnet with the following full-rhyme: ABBA-ABBA-CDE-CDE Interpretation The poet suggests that … Continue reading

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On the Grasshopper and Cricket, by John Keats

On the Grasshopper and Cricket The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge about new-mown-mead- That is the Grasshopper’s. He … Continue reading

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Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

A general View Brave New World is set 600 years after it was written. The nine-year war has destroyed our customs and traditions, religions, family life and the idea of freedom has disappeared. It is a world without wars and … Continue reading

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles

A general Summary This is a love story that takes place in Hardy country at Lyme Bay. It is a Victorian novel but it is seen from a twentieth- century point of view: It was written in the 20th century … Continue reading

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