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The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Endearing Record of His First Loves from His Secret Boyhood Diary
The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: An Endearing Record of His First Loves from His Secret Boyhood Diary

A lesson on self-awareness without self-consciousness.

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Henry James on Aging, Memory, and What Happiness Really Means
Henry James on Aging, Memory, and What Happiness Really Means

“I have led too serious a life; but that perhaps, after all, preserves one’s youth.”

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Little-Known Sketches: The Beloved Storyteller’s Illustrated Travelogue of Europe
Hans Christian Andersen’s Little-Known Sketches: The Beloved Storyteller’s Illustrated Travelogue of Europe

What made Andersen particularly enchanting was his singular gift for noticing and depicting not only the whimsical, but also the wistful.

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Party Like It’s 1903: Virginia Woolf on the Ecstasy of Music and Dance
Party Like It’s 1903: Virginia Woolf on the Ecstasy of Music and Dance

“Dance music … stirs some barbaric instinct — lulled asleep in our sober lives — you forget centuries of civilization in a second, & yield to that strange passion which sends you madly whirling round the room.”

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Teenage Virginia Woolf on the Human Mind
Teenage Virginia Woolf on the Human Mind

“Activity of mind … is the only thing that keeps one’s life going.”

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George Orwell, Feminist: The Beloved Author on Gender Equality in Work and Housework
George Orwell, Feminist: The Beloved Author on Gender Equality in Work and Housework

“The position now-a-days is anomalous. The man is practically always out of work, whereas the woman occasionally is working. Yet the woman continues to do all the housework.”

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