The daffodils that inspired Wordsworth

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Connell Guides | 0 comments

Wordsworth’s famous poem ‘
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ is 200 years old this year. Writing in the Paris Review, Dan Piepenbring traces its history. It arose, he says, out of a walk Wordsworth took with his sister, Dorothy, in April 1802. Dorothy recorded the trip in her own journal, and her perspective helps bring the scene to life. Arriving at a section of woods, she and her brother encountered a bank of flowers:

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Fictional justice

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Connell Guides | 1 comment

What would happen to the villains of children’s literature nowadays if the Crown Prosecution Service were able to make the mud stick? The Times consulted the Ministry of Justice…

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Did Shakespeare really retire to Stratford?

Posted on April 08, 2016 by Connell Guides | 0 comments

Shakespeare's house in StratfordShakespeare abandoned London and retired to Stratford in about 1610. That’s what historians and Shakespeare experts have been telling us for 300 years. But is it true? Writing in theTimes Literary Supplement, the Shakespeare scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones suggests that it is not. In a dramatic overturning of received wisdom about the Bard, she supplies evidence that he may have remained in London long after 1610 – and didn’t retire to Stratford until shortly before he died. 

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Literary maps

Posted on April 07, 2016 by Connell Guides | 0 comments

Middle Earth MapIn his book Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, Peter Turchi argues that the relationship between literature and map-making has been unfairly overlooked, and that it may offer scholars a new lens for literary analysis.

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Nabokov's butterflies

Posted on April 06, 2016 by Connell Guides | 0 comments

Vladimir Nabokov is best known for
 Lolita, the novel that scandalised thousands of readers in the 1950s and 1960s. What is less well known, Mary Ellen Hannibal suggests in the journal Nautilus, is that Nabokov’s lifelong interest in butterflies had a strong influence both on the novelist in general and on his best-selling novel in particular.

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Three Hemingway letters

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Connell Guides | 0 comments

Ernest HemingwayAccording to The Independent article, 'The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 2, 1923-25, review' there are "6,000 or so of Ernest Hemingway's surviving letters, addressed to more than 1,900 recipients and running to nearly three million words" which would eventually fill at least 17 volumes.

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The origin of Mark Twain’s name

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Connell Guides | 0 comments

Before “Mark Twain” he was “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass”. And before “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass” he was “Sieur Louis de Conte”, “John Snook” and even “Josh”. Samuel Clemens, America’s classic satirist, used a litany of pseudonyms before settling on the name we know him by today. In the latest issue of the Mark Twain Journal Kevin MacDonnell reveals how and when Samuel Clemens decided conclusively to adopt Mark Twain as his pen name.

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