“In Science the paramount appeal is to the Intellect — its purpose being instruction; in Art, the paramount appeal is to the Emotions — its purpose being pleasure.“ George Henry Lewes – The Principles of Success in Literature (1865) George Henry Lewes was an English philosopher, biographer, and literary and dramatic critic, born on 18… Read More G. H. Lewes’s Fame
16 March 1850 was the day on which “The Scarlet Letter” was published, becoming an instant best-seller The author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, considered this painting the finest illustration of his novel. Set in a village in Puritan New England, it is the story of an adulteress banished from society and forced to wear the scarlet letter… Read More The Scarlet Letter
On 5 December 1791 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35. Apparently he was at the height of his powers: in September he had completed the score of “The Magic Flute,” conducted its premiere, then he had started writing the “Requiem”. He was evidently active and in good health, but suddenly, on 22… Read More 5 Dec. 1791: WHO (or WHAT) KILLED MOZART?