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Petrarca: The Ascent of Mount Ventoux

Petrarch’s motives for climbing Mount Ventoux – to see the view – is often cited as the mark of a new humanistic “Renaissance” spirit. His ascent took place on April 26, 1336, but it was  written and published only around...

/ September 29, 2012

Rumi

Biography: (See also the Wikipedia Article about Rumi.) Rumi (1207–1273) was a 13th-century Persian (Tajik) Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. He is also known as “Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī,” or as Mevlānā in Turkey and Mawlānā in Iran and...

/ November 25, 2011

Albert Camus: The Guest

by Albert Camus. Translated by Justin O’Brien. 1 The schoolmaster was watching the two men climb toward him. One was on horseback, the other on foot. They had not yet tackled the abrupt rise leading to the schoolhouse built on...

/ November 25, 2011

Federico García Lorca

Biography: (from www.poemhunter.com) Spanish poet and dramatist, Lorca was a talented artist and a member of the ‘Generation of 1927’, a group of writers who advocated avant-gardism in literature. García Lorca studied law at the University of Granada. At the...

/ November 25, 2011