Category Archive for: ‘Literature’

Learning Is the Thing for You


The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails…

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Mark Twain’s Criticism of James Fenimore Cooper


Since my first encounter with Tom Sawyer, I have been a fan of Mark Twain. You’d be hard pressed to find an author with a sharper wit and keener insight into human nature. His Adventures of Huckleberry Finn certainly ranks among the greatest of American novels. What you may not know is that Twain was also a scathing literary critic.

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The Funny Thing about the Three Musketeers


From my Head Scratcher File: During commercial breaks last night in the devastating and almost unfathomable defeat of my beloved …

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You Can Quote More Shakespeare Than You Think(eth)


It’s pretty mind-blowing how much William Shakespeare has influenced our language. He’s been gone about 400 years, but we keep using his expressions. All of the following oft-repeated phrases come from the Bard of Avon. Some of them have been altered over time, but I bet you recognize most of them.

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