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The Graphic Canon of Literary Comics: From Virginia Woolf to James Joyce, Visual Artists Take on The Classics
The Graphic Canon of Literary Comics: From Virginia Woolf to James Joyce, Visual Artists Take on The Classics

Ulysses in six panels, Colette in pen and ink, Yeats in watercolor, and other literary springboards for art.

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Margaret Atwood on Literature’s Women Problem
Margaret Atwood on Literature’s Women Problem

“No male writer is likely to be asked to sit on a panel addressing itself to the special problems of a male writer.”

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History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized
History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized

“Genius, in its writings, is our best path for reaching wisdom … the true use of literature for life.”

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The Philosophy of Style: Herbert Spencer on the Economy of Attention and the Ideal Writer (1852)
The Philosophy of Style: Herbert Spencer on the Economy of Attention and the Ideal Writer (1852)

“To have a specific style is to be poor in speech.”

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Gertrude Stein Reads “A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson”
Gertrude Stein Reads “A Valentine to Sherwood Anderson”

“Very fine is my valentine and mine, very fine very mine and mine is my valentine.”

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Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read
Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read

“A prefatory glow, not unlike some benign variety of the aura before an epileptic attack, is something the artist learns to perceive very early in life.”

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The Paris Review Origin Story and Their Secret to the Art of the Interview
The Paris Review Origin Story and Their Secret to the Art of the Interview

“Authors are sometimes like tomcats: they distrust all the other toms, but they are kind to kittens.”

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Work Alone: Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech
Work Alone: Ernest Hemingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.”

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A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life
A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.”

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Waving to Virginia: Patti Smith Reads Woolf
Waving to Virginia: Patti Smith Reads Woolf

“One man will single me out and will tell me what he has told no other person.”

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