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  1. Readers who find classics which have been in print for 100 years ....

    or more to be less than they expected, usually fail at understanding the author. It isn't the book that fails, but the reader. Usually students are the only ones who have the gall to criticisize a...
  2. Thread: Reading Again.

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    I agree with Emil Miller ....

    I am currently rereading Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter after reading it many years ago. While I remember much about the story line, the artistry of the writing is very enjoyable.

    Last year,...
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    Alll of these were made into very good movies .....

    Look Back in Anger was the first film I ever saw Richard Burton star in. The movies may even be better than the books. They only played at the so called art houses in the US.
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    I'm not selling it ....

    Sidney Shiff, the publisher of the LEC, passed away and his widow is selling the few remaining LECs left in inventory. The LEC which has been publishing finely printed books since 1929 will be in...
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    Try this Wuthering Heights hard cover ......

    published by The Limited Editions Club. limitededitionsclub.com
    300 copies printed and illustrated by Balthus. Sells for $4500.
  6. Most autobiographies don't go back as far ....

    as the point of conception, as Tristram Shandy does. A gem of English literature. mY two-volume edition was published by the Limiyed Editions Club in 1935 and was designed and illustrated by T. M....
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    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is an epistolary novel ....

    written as a series of letters. Because the protaganist writes the letters, we only know of her side of the story. And she is only 15 years old at the time the letters begin. Considered by some to be...
  8. Poll: I've read them both .....

    more than 50 years ago. In comparing them, It Can't Happen Here is just one novel by the American Nobel prize winner, Sinclair Lewis. And Lewis wrote several novels better than his diatribe against...
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    I wasn't thinking of your post, but of the ones which ....

    were very declarative on the side of one novel or the other.
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    These kinds of threads inevitably boil down to comparing ....

    books. But why compare books, especially Wuthering Heights and Gatsby when they are written so many years apart. I have read the Brontes and all of Scott Fitzgerald's works, both novels and short...
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    The Collector and Look Back in Anger ....

    were made into very good movies. I think The Collector starred Terrence Stamp. I know Look Back in Anger was the first movie in which I saw Richard Burton. You would probably enjoy the movies now you...
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    The Great Gatsby ....

    After all, he ordered his shirts from London.

    Or any of the Ian Fleming James Bond novels.
  13. Thread: The Notebook

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    Neither one.

    Nicholas Sparks is a hack romance writer who tends to be maudlin and over writes.
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    Harper Lee has joined the ranks of successful authors

    who have quit writing because of the success of a previous novel; eg, Margaret Mitchell and Truman Capote. The movie and book are excellent, but I wish she hadn't quit writing, and followed the...
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    Gatsby is likeable because ....

    all his shirts were custom made in London.
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    I've already bought them and read them all in 4 volumes ;;;;

    the collected short stories of Somerset Maugham, possibly the best short story writer of the 20th century; although the Americans Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald are hard to beat.
  17. While Frederic March and Greta Garbo are hard to beat ....

    I would vote for Sylvester Stallone for Vronsky amd Dolly Parton for Anna Karenina.
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    Tell your instructor you want to read Polly Adler's autobiography instead ...

    Polly made famous the epithet "A home is not a house."
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    Many of the comments expressed here on LitNet are ....

    always surprising to me, especially from people who are supposed to be well read. Franklin's autobiography is any thing but boring, and gives insight into the years before the Revolutionary War. I...
  20. It is a book which falls within the realm of Babbittry....

    When you are finished with it, you should read the poetry of Edgar Guest which exemplifies the poetry side of mundane writing. As Dorothy Parker once said: "I'd rather flunk my Wasserman test, then...
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    How great a price or how little realy doesn't matter .....

    unless, of course you are a student and have little affordability. If you are very affluent, a signed first edition can cost thousands of dollars. Finely printed books can run thousands also. A...
  22. Thread: lit contests

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    Your entry into literary contests reminds me of ....

    Phyliss Diller when she said, "I should have never entered that beauty contest, Not only did I come in last, but I got 350 get-well cards."
  23. Thread: The Wild West

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    Alan Ladd came to stardom after making Greene's this Gun for Hire ....

    He and Veronica Lake, as a pair, burned up the screen although he played Raven, a cold blooded killer with a heart. Lake's romantic interest in the movie was actually Robert Preston, but the...
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    You must realize that it was Defoe's forte as a writer ....

    to write fiction with verisimilitude or reality. There was no actual Robinson Crusoe or the whore Moll Flanders who married her own brother. Although Defoe may have gotten his ideas for these from...
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    I liked it more than I thought I would ....

    When I first started to read it in the 60s, it was my introduction to stream of conscious writing. I had a hard time with it. Returning to it about five years ago, I listened to a cd audio book. I...
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