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  • Problem Of Plagiarism
    333 words
    The strange thing about plagiarism is that it's almost always pointless. The writers who stand accused, from Laurence Sterne to Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Susan Sontag, tend to be more talented than the writers they lift from. The well-regarded historians Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin, recently charged with plagiarizing, fit the profile. Ambrose denied plagiarism but pledged to correct the errors in future editions of his latest book. Goodwin's case resulted in a private settlement an...
  • Name Of Magic Realism
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    Last rites for magic realism For just over a generation, magic realism has been the default position of the world's new fiction, the modish literary style to which aspiring novelists in English, Czech, German, French or Spanish, of course, would resort in the perpetual struggle to make an ordinary narrative seem extraordinary. In the name of magic realism, a novel's protagonist could be 199, fictional characters could sprout wings and become angels, ghosts could hold dialogues with the living, c...
  • New Agents
    800 words
    Kings of the jungle In the ecosystem of publishing, the literary agent is a comparatively new phenomenon. Printers, booksellers, editors and publishers: all can trace their roots to Caxton. Agents, by contrast, are seen as interlopers, half man, half beast, whose place at the water-hole has, historically, not been greeted with universal approbation. Only 100 years ago, the first literary agent, JB Pinker, who represented Wilde, Conrad, Wells and James, was regarded by London's publishers with fe...
  • Large Collection Of Literary Essays
    572 words
    It has now become clear that Italo Calvino will prove to be one of this century's major writers. In recent years, his work has been established alongside such pan-European thinkers as Barthes and Eco, particularly in the sense that his interests are polymathic. Calvino is an essayist, a literary theorist, a writer of fiction and, to a large extent, a visionary. Paradoxically, much of the modernity he has explored in his narratives has its roots in the simplicity of folk tales, and his own short ...
  • Fleming's James Bond
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    The brand's Bond, James Bond When good writers die, they join, if they " re lucky, the canon of western literature and live on, as major or minor classics. Lesser writers are quickly forgotten, but some bestselling names enjoy another kind of afterlife. They become franchised. Their heirs and literary agents authorise a succession of sequels that keep the money rolling in long after the usual obsequies. The publishing industry cheerfully conspires with the process by which a good popular writer'...
  • Canon Of American Renaissance Writers
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    For many years, this period and these writers were known as the American Renaissance, a coin termed by F.O. Matthiessen in his book of that name in 1941. This book set the parameters of how to read and connect these writers until relatively recently, when its limitations, especially in terms of defining the 'canon' of literary giants and what made them (all male) 'giants' have been recognized and challenged. However, the term is still useful to some degree. It is a misnomer, if one thinks of the...
  • Virtuous Actions
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    Aristotle stated that all actions have an end. In other words, all actions have some kind of purpose to fulfill. In that case, what is the end that humans seek? What is our purpose? Aristotle says this end we seek is happiness. And since we know what the highest good is, our human function is to live the virtuous life to get to that highest good. Getting to this highest good is possible through virtuous actions. This is where the biggest question must be addressed; what are virtuous actions? Wha...

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