John Gay

John Gay is an  English poet and dramatist who was born on 30 June 1685 and died in 1732. He is best remembered for “The Beggar’s Opera” (1728), a ballad opera, which was adapted by Bertolt Brecht into “Die Dreigroschenoper” (The Threepenny Opera, in Italian: L’opera da tre soldi) exactly  two hundred years later, in… Read More John Gay

⭐ Nouvelles/New Chances ⭐ ⭐ Nuove opportunità ⭐

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (né le 29 juin 1900 à Lyon et disparu en vol le 31 juillet 1944 au large de Marseille) – écrivain et aviateur français – auteur du “Petit Prince”. ⭐  “C’est une folie de haïr toutes les roses parce que une épine vous a piqué, d’abandonner tous les rêves parce que l’un… Read More ⭐ Nouvelles/New Chances ⭐ ⭐ Nuove opportunità ⭐

Bloomsday

  Today is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses. It is the day on which the novel takes place – 16 June 1904 –  and it is named after Leopold Bloom, its central character. This date was chosen because it had a particular significance for Joyce: it was his first outing with Nora… Read More Bloomsday

Index librorum prohibitorum 🔥📚 🔥

14 giugno 1966: il Vaticano annuncia l’abolizione dell’ “Indice dei libri proibiti” (“Index librorum prohibitorum”), istituito nel 1559, ai tempi della Controriforma L’elenco comprendeva le letture vietate dal Sant’Uffizio nell’intento di “salvaguardare, secondo il mandato divino, l’integrità della fede e dei costumi”: opere di scienziati, filosofi e letterati ritenute pericolose, immorali o non corrette sul… Read More Index librorum prohibitorum 🔥📚 🔥

31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday

    Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist, often called the father of free verse. His poetry celebrated modern life and took on subjects considered taboo at the time: particularly his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass”, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. The following poem “Carpe Diem” is… Read More 31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday