Book smart : your essential reading list for becoming a by Jane Mallison

By Jane Mallison

Unleash your literary side--one nice e-book at a time!

Like taking a personal category with an attractive literature professor, Book Smart is your price ticket for literary enlightenment throughout the year and for the remainder of your existence. even if you are a passionate turner of pages otherwise you aspire to be better-read, Book Smart expands your wisdom and pleasure with a month-by-month plan that tackles a hundred and twenty of the main compelling books of all time.

Throughout the 12 months, each one booklet comes alive with historic notes, highlights on key topics and characters, and recommendation on how one can procedure examining. here's a sampling of what you could expect:

  • January: Make a clean begin with classics like Beowulf and Dante's Inferno
  • April: Welcome spring within the corporation of robust ladies like Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, and Vanity Fair's Becky Sharpe
  • August: deliver a breath of clean air to summer's warmth with comedic works from Kingsley Amis and Oscar Wilde
  • October: come again to varsity with teens suffering to develop up in classics like Little Women and up to date bestsellers resembling The Curious Incident of the puppy within the Night-Time
  • December: have fun year's finish with gigantic prizewinners comparable to The is still of the Day and Leaves of Grass

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Readers make their acquaintance with an atmosphere of Boston-area women who see themselves as “practical idealists,” a theme that runs through the next generation. We enjoy the wealth of social history—the mercury poisoning caused by the calomel given to teething babies, the innovative educational techniques in schools for girls, life on a Cuban coffee plantation. And we delight in intellectual history as the sisters interact with William Ellery Channing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Washington Allston, and Bronson Alcott.

Ignore for now those names you don’t know, those allusions you don’t get, and let the delight of novelty bear you along. Once you become a confirmed Dantista, you can start filling in the gaps in your knowledge, a liberal education in itself. Inferno is the first of three parts of a work Dante called the Commedia, a work that has a happy ending. A later scholar, perhaps seeking to prevent misreading of this serious work, supplied the qualifying adjective always used today—Divine. Dante’s vision of a hellish afterlife is, of course, rooted in Catholic theology, but readers of other faiths (and those of no religious belief) will find the poem compelling on a psychological as well as an aesthetic basis.

Or does a work of art offer to a new era meanings unintended by the author? Whatever Virgil’s motives, his acknowledgment of the loss and pain in the world is undeniable, as illustrated by the Virgilian phrase lacrimae rerum (there are tears in the nature of things). Because They Are There: Towering Works to Read in Translation 23 This page intentionally left blank FEBRUARY Footprints on the Sands of Time: Some Notable Biographies Flaubert’s Parrot Julian Barnes The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol.

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