Category: English Literature

Oscar Wilde: De Profundis. 1897

“De Profundis” is a letter written by Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) in 1897, during his two-year imprisonment for the crime of “gross indecency with other men.” He had been in an...

The Waste Land

T.S. Eliot (1888–1965).  The Waste Land.  1922. I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with...

1984

Orwell’s 1984 is as relevant today as it was at the time of it’s creation. It’s interesting that dystopian Science Fiction seems to work better than all philosophical or scientific...

Samuel Beckett

Beckett’s Life. (Quoted from the Samuel Beckett Website) • Born Samuel Barclay Beckett, at Cooldrinagh house, in Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland on 13 April, 1906, the second of two sons....

Finnegan’s Wake

You can read the full online text here.  There are  also recordings of Joyce’s reading of the text. Text Pieces: page 258 – 259, end of Part 2: “Loud, hear...

James Joyce

James (Augustine Aloysius) Joyce (1882 – 1941)  is famous for Ulysses, and for Finnegan’s Wake, which is a unique piece of literature. There are probably very few people who read...

The Education of Henry Adams

A solitary man of sixty-five years or more, alone in a Gothic cathedral or a Paris apartment, need fret himself little about a few illusions more or less. He should have learned his lesson fifty years earlier, the times had long passed when a student could stop before chaos or order, he had no choice but to march with his world.
Nevertheless, he could not pretend that his mind felt flattered by this scientific outlook.

George Orwell: A Hanging

Essay It was in Burma, a sodden morning of the rains. A sickly light, like yellow tinfoil, was slanting over the high walls into the jail yard. We were waiting...