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Big Fish

 “Moby-Dick” is one of those books that every reader has either read, attempted to read, or lied about reading at one point or another. Doubtless even the most unlearned of us have not escaped mention or parody of the Leviathan, … Continue reading

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Matthew Lewis’s “The Monk”

“At this writing,” Stephen King said of “The Monk,” “the book is over two hundred years old and still explosive.”  Explosive in the terms of lurid and grotesque content, certainly. Matthew Lewis’s first novel, published in 1796 when its author … Continue reading

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Honore de Balzac’s “Seraphita”

Where does one even begin when diving into one of the 19th century’s greatest literary composers? Honore de Balzac, with his prestigious name and astounding literary oeuvre, certainly does not make the task easy: that being said, simply choosing a … Continue reading

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Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe”

It is a rare treat to be able to see the novel in its first form: stripped of pretense, its diction, and every convention we have come to regard with this form, there is nevertheless something very graceful in its … Continue reading

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