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What Is a Poem? Coleridge on Science vs. Romance, 1817
What Is a Poem? Coleridge on Science vs. Romance, 1817

“It is discriminated by proposing to itself such delight from the whole as is compatible with a distinct gratification from each component part.”

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William Butler Yeats on Modern Poetry: A Rare 1936 BBC Recording
William Butler Yeats on Modern Poetry: A Rare 1936 BBC Recording

“Poetry must resemble prose, and both must accept the vocabulary of their time.”

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Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader
Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader

“A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.”

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Illustrated Alphabetic Drop Cap Covers of Literary Classics by Jessica Hische
Illustrated Alphabetic Drop Cap Covers of Literary Classics by Jessica Hische

Austen, Brönte, Cather, Dickens, Eliot, Flaubert.

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Anaïs Nin on Embracing the Unfamiliar
Anaïs Nin on Embracing the Unfamiliar

“It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar.”

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February 25, 1956: Sylvia Plath Meets Ted Hughes in One of Literary History’s Steamiest Encounters
February 25, 1956: Sylvia Plath Meets Ted Hughes in One of Literary History’s Steamiest Encounters

“He ripped the red hair band from her head and ravished her with such force that her silver earrings came unclipped from her ears.”

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Gertrude Stein Reads from “The Making of Americans” in a Rare Recording from the 1930s
Gertrude Stein Reads from “The Making of Americans” in a Rare Recording from the 1930s

“More and more then every one comes to be clear to some one.”

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The Edge: Hunter S. Thompson on Life and Death, Animated
The Edge: Hunter S. Thompson on Life and Death, Animated

“The only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”

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A Visual Timeline of the Future Based on Famous Fiction
A Visual Timeline of the Future Based on Famous Fiction

Proof that in the year 802701, the world will still exist.

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The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs
The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs

“Dogs are not about something else. Dogs are about dogs.”

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