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Category: Masterpieces

  • La plage

    La plage

    Author Alain Robbe-Grillet Title La plage Year 1962 Alain Robbe Grillet (1922-2008) was a French author, one of the leading figures in the nouveau roman literary movement, and since 2004 member of the Académie française. His best-known novels are Le Voyeur and La Jalousie. Robbe-Grillet also wrote short stories and screenplays, including L’Année dernière à […]

  • Crime and punishment

    Crime and punishment

    Author Fyodor Dostoevsky Title Crime and punishment Year 1866 Original title Преступление и наказание Translation Crime and punishment, English translation by Constance Garnett Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1861) was a Russian novelist. His novels depict life in 19th century urban Russia. His characters are often poor, working class people (unlike Tolstoy’s characters, who are usually aristocrats). Dostoevsky […]

  • For whom the bell tolls

    For whom the bell tolls

    Author Ernest Hemingway Title For whom the bell tolls Year 1940 Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was an American journalist, short story author and novelist. In the 1920s he became part of the American expatriate literary community in Paris (sometimes known as The lost generation). In the 1930s, he became war correspondent in Europe, first during the […]

  • As I lay dying

    As I lay dying

    Author William Faulkner Title As I lay dying Year 1930 William Faulkner (1897-1962) was an American novelist and poet. He is probably the second-most influential Southern author (after Twain). His experimental use of literary devices – in particular stream of consciousness – makes his work often difficult to understand. He won the 1949 Nobel prize […]

  • Southern reading challenge

    Southern reading challenge

    August was for me the month of the Southern reading challenge: With a bottle of Southern Comfort, a large box of Southern pecans and three books I enjoyed a month of Southern literature. The masterpieces I read: The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. This novel has been on my to-be-read list ever since […]

  • To kill a mockingbird

    To kill a mockingbird

    Author Harper Lee Title To kill a mockingbird Year 1960 Harper Lee (b. 1926) is the first living artist to make an appearance on Masterpieces. She wrote just one novel, To kill a mockingbird. The novel was an instant bestseller and won her the 1961 Pulitzer prize. It was voted “Best novel of the century” […]

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Author Mark Twain Title Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Year 1884 Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). With his novels The adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain became one of the best-known American authors. Huckleberry Finn starts with a rather severe warning: Persons attempting to find a […]

  • A midsummer night’s dream

    A midsummer night’s dream

    All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. E.A. Poe Author William Shakespeare Title A midsummer night’s dream Year c.1596 With the reading of Shakespeare’s Midsummer night’s dream, I completed the 2007 Once upon a time challenge. You don’t read (or watch) Shakespeare for the plots, and you certainly do […]

  • A clod of clay

    A clod of clay

    Author William Blake Title The clod and the pebble Year 1794 The year 1789 is engraved on the second plate of The book of Thel (discussed yesterday). This is the same year the Songs of innocence were published. The motto and the conclusion of The book of Thel seem to be from a later date. […]

  • Thel


    Author William Blake Title The book of Thel Year 1789 Thel’s motto: Does the eagle know what is in the pit, or wilt thou go ask the mole? Can wisdom be put in a silver rod, or love in a golden bowl? William Blake William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, engraver, and painter. He […]