Cabell’s Scandals

Yesterday I wrote about James Cabell (see here) and the scandal that arose after the publication of “Jurgen”, his twelfth novel in the fall of 1919Very shortly after its release, the book was accused of obscenities and withdrawn, so, obviously, thriving black market emerged, with copies sold for two hundred times the list price. Even… Read More Cabell’s Scandals

T.S. Eliot & April /2

Both Geoffrey Chaucer (see here) and American poet Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888 –1965) start their most famous works by mentioning “April” in the first line but with completely different connotations.If in Chaucer’s work, “sweet” April has a positive connotation, it means a vigorous, fertile rebirth of nature, animals and men which pushes people to embark… Read More T.S. Eliot & April /2

Housman’s Rue /1

Alfred Edward Housman (26 March 1859 –1936), was an English poet and classical scholar, whose verse exerted a strong influence on later poets.Today he is best known for his cycle of poems “A Shropshire Lad” published in 1896 partly at the author’s expense, after it had been rejected by a publisher.The following poem is one… Read More Housman’s Rue /1

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.”Primo Levi: “The Drowned and the Saved” Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day in commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust,It was on 27 January 1945, that Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland) , the largest Nazi concentration and extermination… Read More International Holocaust Remembrance Day