James Joyce

Then and Now: Photos of Real Places Mentioned in Fiction

Looking through Jane Austen’s England by Roy and Lesley Adkins, it’s difficult not to compare the way things were during England’s Georgian and Regency eras with the England of today. The book gives a glimpse at everything from wedding superstitions to the “Bloody Code” (the country’s system of laws and punishments from 1688 to 1815, including the 50 offenses that were punishable by death), which highlight how much has changed since the time of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. But what about the times and places that influenced other classic authors? More specifically, what do the real places mentioned in famous works of fiction look like now? … Read More

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13 Author Quotes That Will Make You Hungry

After obsessing over her blog, we knew that Kate Christensen’s autobiography Blue Plate Special, told with a side of some of her most memorable meals, would be an enjoyable read. It’s one of those rare examples of a book that can make you happy, sad, and also really hungry for lapin á la cocotte, and it got us thinking about some other great writers’ pithiest and most appetizing thoughts on food. … Read More

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For Your Calendar: James Joyce’s Nation Of Ulysses

It is a book that can go from completely confounding to illuminating in the span of one sentence. It is one of the (if not the) great masterpieces of modernist literature, and also a book that has given many college English students nightmares. Some say it is one of those books that you must read, while others will tell you that you’re just better off reading the mounds and mounds of criticism written on the tome. At some points it is absolute brilliance, and at others it is one of the most challenging, and sometimes annoying, books written in the 20th century. The fact is that there are very few books in the English language that can generate the type of dialogue that James Joyce’s Ulysses still does to this very day. … Read More

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Handwritten Manuscript Pages From Classic Novels

These days, almost all works of literature are written on computers — from their first inklings, saved in a document called “notes,” to their final, emailed-out drafts — and even, increasingly, read on them. In such a climate, we are even more fascinated by the handwritten drafts and original manuscripts of classic literature, from which much can be inferred via handwriting, paper choice, and strength of pen marks. But mostly, they’re nice to look at, so with more than a little help from awesome Tumblr Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!, we’ve collected a few of our favorite… Read More

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20 Irish Writers on Being Irish

We’d like to interrupt your regularly scheduled St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a few words of wisdom. Put down that green beer — you never really liked it anyway — and cozy up with these authors from the Emerald Isle that have shared poetic anecdotes on what it means to be Irish. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be glad you weren’t shamed into dressing like a leprechaun. Happy reading! … Read More

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10 of the Most Gloriously Frustrating Endings in Literature

While some readers may not agree, here at Flavorpill we love a good ambiguous ending. Here, a few favorites that we’ve found thrilling, maddening, or just thought-provoking — what are… Read More

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10 Notorious Literary Slogs That Are Worth the Effort

There has been much discussion over the years as to whether Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is The Great American Novel, simply A Great American Novel, or is just a lengthy collection of complaints about whales (not that many people admit to thinking the latter). But if you’ve been meaning to read it for years and have never quite gotten up the nerve (or the time), an awesome marathon reading begins tonight at WORD in Greenpoint, which also happens to be one of our very favorite bookstores. To celebrate the event, we’ve put together a list of notorious literary slogs — long, difficult, and/or complicated enough to scare even the strongest reader — that are definitely worth the effort. Read our list after the jump, and add on your own favorites in the comments! … Read More

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Read the Letter HG Wells Sent Joyce After Reading Part of ‘Finnegans Wake’

Like most people who have dared to pick up copy of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, we struggled our way through the weighty tome. (If we’re being completely honest, we might not have made it all the way to the end.) As a post over on Letters of Note explains, HG Wells found early… Read More

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10 More Scathing Early Reviews of Classic Novels

Well, we can never get enough of poking fun at the unduly critical, can we? Last week, we shared fifteen scathing early reviews of classic novels, and some of you pitched in with some of your own favorites. We took a few of your suggestions, both here and at Metafilter, added a few more of our own, and put together a second list of a few more critics who got it wrong, this time hating on Hemingway, Tolkien, Steinbeck and more. Now don’t get us wrong — everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to judge the past from the future. Click through to read ten more scathing early reviews of books we now consider to be classics, and chuckle over how you know better (or admit that you secretly agree) in the comments. … Read More

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