Gatsby Was First Published in 1925. So What Else Was Going on?

Gatsby Was First Published in 1925. So What Else Was Going on?

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On April 10th, 1925, Scribner published a short novel by popular author F. Scott Fitzgerald which didn’t sell many copies or receive positive reviews. Today, The Great Gatsby is one of the most widely taught works of fiction in the United States.  Safe to say, the publishing climate in the 1920s was about as unpredictable as international conflict at the time — so what other bookish things were happening in 1925?   1. the Argosy Book store opened     New York City’s oldest independent bookstore, Argosy Book Store, opened for the first time in 1925, although it later moved from 114 East …

3 Classic Authors with Spooky Ties to the Occult

3 Classic Authors with Spooky Ties to the Occult

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In the wake of Darwinism, the world was left with one loaded question: what does this discovery say about God and the afterlife? This search for meaning helped to spawn the Victorian Era obsession with the supernatural, a movement that sought the answers to life’s big questions- by any means necessary. Seances, astral projection, and psychic readings caught the interest of the era’s intellectuals, including some of your favorite authors.   1. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   As it turns out, the author and creator of famous detective Sherlock Holmes was supernaturally gifted. Doyle was a devotee of the Spiritualist movement, a widespread …

10 Quotes From the Irreplicable William Faulkner

10 Quotes From the Irreplicable William Faulkner

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A legend of American literature, William Faulkner is a name that simply oozes talent and impeccable writing. I can easily recall reading “A Rose for Emily” in school and the chilling feeling that followed after finishing the story. Faulkner was that good.     His birthday is today, but as a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner, he should be honored no matter what. Here are ten quotes from the literary legend.   1. “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice …

5 of the Most Beautiful Examples of Southern Literature

5 of the Most Beautiful Examples of Southern Literature

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Earlier this month I was lucky enough to take a trip down to Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee in the midst of southern culture. Although it was a fun trip, being in the south for the first time made me realize all the different ways in which it differs from the rest of the United States, and one particular thing that came to mind was literature.   There are endless amounts of literary legends that hail from the south and make their history what it is today. Here are five pieces of prime southern literature.     1. The Adventures of Tom …

Let’s Go Adventuring: Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’

Let’s Go Adventuring: Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ and Krakauer’s ‘Into the Wild’

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Traveling is appealing, amazing, and accessible—especially in the summer time. Imagine you travelled on the road or cast yourself into the wild, what kind of landscapes you would see, what people you would meet, and what stories you would make? The vast territory of America always conjures adventurers and inspires travelers to explore its beauty. If you are planning a road trip, just go, and tell me your story later! If you are stuck in the city for any reason, you still can hit on the road and go into the wild through reading these two amazing books about adventure: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and …