Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke

For Black History Month, I thought I'd share a Canadian poet whose lush, cadenced verse is like Nova Scotian blues. I'm talking about Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke. I read it studying Can lit with Professor Robert Lecker in my last semester at McGill and we had fascinating discussions in class. Some background: Whylah …

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Behind Guy Fawkes: the History of Catholic Conspiracies

“But as a nation—continued he in his reveries—these Spaniards are all an odd set; the very word Spaniard has a curious, conspirator, Guy-Fawkish twang to it.” -Herman Melville, "Benito Cereno." “The imaginary is part of history.” -Michel de Certeau, The Possession at Loudun. “[A] good case could be made that the last unchallenged and most …

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Behind Guy Fawkes II: The Gunpowder Plot

"But 'The Gunpowder Plot'--there was a get-penny! I have presented that to an eighteen- or twenty-pence audience nine times in an afternoon. Your home-born projects prover ever the best; they are so easy and familiar. They put too much learning i'their things nowadays, and that, I fear, will be the spoil o' this." -Leatherhead, Bartholomew …

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Cordially, A.M. Klein: Letter Writing in the Good Old Days: An Unofficial Review of A.M. Klein: The Letters

Some of the greatest works of English literature are not found in survey anthologies. They are never taught in courses, though if you consulted them, you could add depth to your understanding of a given author. They record the daily tribulations of the saints we call canonical writers. More useful than poems, but more lyrical …

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