Literature

Literature

 

The strange history of ‘Mein Kampf’ in France

The first French edition of “Mein Kampf” was published in 1934 by an eccentric, right-wing publisher named Fernand Sorlot.

Orwell on Why Politicians Resort to Euphemisms

An insight from his 1945 essay "Politics and the English Language".

3 Reasons Why Kids Should Read Classic Stories

The head of a prominent reading organization just bashed classic stories... is she misguided?

Can You Name The Classic Novel By Its Last Line?

Quiz time! How well do you know your literary classics? 

3 Reasons Why Laura Ingalls Wilder Was a Good Writer

3 Reasons Why Laura Ingalls Wilder Was a Good Writer

It’s no surprise that today’s schools aren’t teaching these things.

Absolute Comfort Corrupts Absolutely

The best and clearest way that I can exemplify the harmful effects of distraction-addiction is to recall my experience in prison.

8 Penetrating Quotes from Elie Wiesel

From the recently deceased Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.

13 Sublime Quotes from Emerson on Self-Reliance

Emerson's odd philosophy of self-reliance can be better understood in its proper context.

Which Greek Hero Are You?

The Ancient Greeks had many heroes in their stories. Which hero are you?

America’s Decline of Knowledge: Where Will it Lead?

Calvin Coolidge had something to say on that topic.

Literature Quiz: Popular Novels

Prove how well-read you are by naming these books based on a one-sentence summary!

Studying Shakespeare Brings School 40% Jump in Test Scores

Studying Shakespeare Brings School 40% Jump in Test Scores

Despite the potential for limited understanding, the school started teaching and performing Shakespeare and the effects were remarkable.

Relativism and the Danger of Half-Digested Shakespeare

Ideas have consequences, Shakespeare reminds us, and bad ideas have bad consequences.    

Jane Austen Vindicates the Rights of Women

The new film 'Lady Susan' reveals the grapple for power and money in the 19th-century marriage market. 

Did Truman Capote Write ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

The claim is a persistent one. Is there anything to it?

ACT: College Kids Can’t Discern Between Fact & Opinion

18% of college instructors rated their first-year students as well-prepared in the area of “distinguishing among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment.”

Oxford Scholar: 5 Problems with Today’s Education System

Oxford Scholar: 5 Problems with Today’s Education System

Is the biggest defect of today’s education system the fact that we have failed to teach children to learn and think for themselves?

C.S. Lewis’ 5 Writing Tips to a Child

With only 27% writing proficiency, perhaps today’s students would be wise to take Lewis’ advice to little Joan to heart.

UNC Offers Course on Right-Wing ‘Hate’

The course is designed to ‘expose students to the nature of hate in American life...'

Teddy Roosevelt’s Reading List vs. Today’s Candidates

Teddy Roosevelt’s Reading List vs. Today’s Candidates

If Americans aren’t informing their minds by reading, should we be surprised when we get the candidates, laws, and culture that we do?

William F. Buckley Once Trolled Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Buckley apparently was perturbed that Schlesinger didn't want to appear on Firing Line. 

Are Americans More Ignorant than We Realize?

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”

D-Day's Greatest Hero: Agent Garbo

D-Day's Greatest Hero: Agent Garbo

Double agent Juan Pujol García fooled Hitler in one of the great ruses of history. 

Yale Students Petition to ‘Abolish’ Major English Poets

Are Shakespeare, Chaucer and company too white, male, and heterosexual for Yale’s student body?

The 'Everyone Gets a Trophy' Mentality is Out of Control

The 'Everyone Gets a Trophy' Mentality is Out of Control

The latest victim of this mindset is a high school honor student from Texas.

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