Category: Great Personalities

A Review of Kurt Vonnegut’s Letters

The Core presents a review of Kurt Vonnegut’s Letters, by Keith Miller. Vonnegut is not a writer directly studied in Core classes, however, his influence on the literary world is worth examining. Here is an excerpt: Most of Vonnegut’s early writing is – despite his protestations about “genre-ism” – fairly easy to ghettoise as science […]

Salvador Dali: Dante’s Paradiso

Relating to CC102′s study of Dante’s Divine Comedy are illustrations made by Salvador Dali for Paradiso. Here is a sample: For the full set of images, visit bit.ly/16iqVvI. To view Dali’s illustrations for Inferno, visit bit.ly/10jHp1E, and for Purgatorio, visit bit.ly/17H3fQT.

Writers’ Reasons For Reading

Here is where these great writers get their zest for reading: “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting.” Aldous Huxley “Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring […]

Salvador Dali: Dante’s Purgatorio

Relating to CC102′s study of Dante’s Divine Comedy are illustrations made by Salvador Dali for Purgatorio. Here is a sample: For the full set of images, visit bit.ly/16MKCYi. To view Dali’s illustrations for Inferno, visit bit.ly/10jHp1E, and for Paradiso, visit bit.ly/17vAa9P.

Jane Austen: ‘Persuasion’ vs ‘Emma’

In view of CC202′s intellectual dabbling in Jane Austen’s works, the Core presents an article that argues Emma is in certain ways better than Persuasion. Here is an extract: Published posthumously, it [Persuasion] has an almost skeletal feel, like an outline in which only the most salient points about each character are noted, as if […]

Salvador Dali: Dante’s Inferno

Relating to CC102′s study of Dante’s Divine Comedy are illustrations made by Salvador Dali for Inferno. Here is a sample: For the full set of images, visit bit.ly/14TfLgu. To view Dali’s illustrations for Purgatorio, visit bit.ly/17H3fQT, and for Paradiso, visit bit.ly/17vAa9P.

William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’

Relating to CC202′s study of Blake’s work, here is an image from ‘The Tyger’      

e.e. cummings – [l(a]

E.E. Cummings’ style remains unconventional half a century after his death. Below, is a beautiful example of this- his poem titled ‘[l(a]‘. l(a le af fa ll s) one l iness To read an interesting discussion of this work, visit bit.ly/11RNSo2

A Review of Eric Hobsbawm’s Posthumous Essays

In his article for the Guardian, Richard Evans discusses the late Eric Hobsbawm’s posthumous collection of essays, and how they reflect the changes in the historian’s views over time. Here is an extract: What Hobsbawm’s Marxism also did, however, was to turn him from a lifelong optimist – while it was still possible for some to think, […]