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On This Day: Ernest Hemingway’s ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ Published!

Ernest Hemingway is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was a true ‘Renaissance man’ of the 20th century, being an accomplished novelist, short story writer, sportsman, and journalist. He lived an adventurous lifestyle, being known for wrestling lions, flying airplanes, and much more. He’s practically the real life ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ and his real world adventures are matched by his superb writing. Known for his matter of fact, economical, and down to earth yet still complex style, Hemingway wrote numerous acclaimed books such as The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Risesand the subject of today’s article For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American volunteer assigned to the Republican guerrilla unit in the Spanish Civil war. The book was based on Hemingway’s own experiences in the Spanish Civil War and became known for its imagery that perfectly captured the horrific nature of war, with death a major theme of the novel. It also showcases the nature of bigotry and how ridiculous but ultimately destructive it is. The dense atmosphere of the book complimented this well, showcasing a world where butchery takes the place of heroism thanks to the modern weapons of war turning the battlefield into a true place of horror.

The book won critical acclaim and contributed to Ernest Hemingway eventually receiving his Nobel Prize in 1954. It was also adapted to a screen adaptation in 1943 starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. The adaptation received nine Academy award nominations, although it only received one for Best Supporting Actress.

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Ernest Hemingway remains one of the most interesting authors of all time, a man with a huge body of work that help craft a new style and For Whom the Bell Tolls is one of the best examples of this. Give it a read today to celebrate the master himself and see why Ernest Hemingway was so revered!

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8 Poetic Pablo Neruda Quotes to Bring Love in Your Life

On Oct 21, 1971 Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Chile in 1904, Neruda had a lifelong passion for poetry, publishing his debut collection, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despairin 1924. He’s one of the most celebrated poets in history, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.” Here are some of the most insightful quotes from Pablo Neruda’s poetry and life!


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1. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.


2. As if you were on fire from within. // The moon lives in the lining of your skin.


3. Laughter is the language of the soul.

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4. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.

5. You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.

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6. And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.


7. I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

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8. Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love us

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On This Day: Poetry Author Pablo Neruda Won the Nobel Prize!

Pablo Neruda was a fascinating character. Born in 1904, he started writing poetry at age 13 and wrote in a wide variety of styles including surrealism, historical epics, political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems. One of his most famous includes Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair which became famous and rather infamous for its eroticism. It was first published in 1924 and became Neruda’s most famous work, going onto sell twenty million copies worldwide.

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In addition to his poetic accomplishment, Pablo Neruda was internationally recognized as a diplomat, fostering relations between Chile and the world. However, he came under scrutiny when President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla outlawed communism and a warrant was issued for his arrest on account of Neruda’s own communist beliefs. Neruda hid in a basement for months before escaping into the mountains and fleeing to Argentina. He later returned to Chile and became a close advisor to President Salvador Allende. During this time, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, dramatically recounting his escape years earlier during his lecture at the event.

He died in 1973 when a military coup overthrew Allende’s government. His death is suspected as foul play: he was initially hospitalized for cancer and was reported to have died of a heart failure. However, in 2015 examination of his death found evidence he may have been given an injection that killed him, likely due to enemies that were overthrowing the regime he was loyal to. The case is still being looked at but Spanish medical doctors have reported it is highly likely Neruda did not perish of heart failure as was claimed.

Whatever the case, Neruda is a fascinating politician, diplomat, and a masterful poet. Celebrate his winning of the Nobel Prize today and crack open a few of his poem collections. We recommend:

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda.

The Essential Neruda 

Love Poems. 

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Seven Powerful Quotes from Nobel Prize-Winner John Steinbeck

On October 25th, 1962, fifty-six years ago, John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize of Literature. His vivid depiction of the rural American landscape as a projection of the human psyche is both haunting and poignant, supporting his enduring legacy as a literary great. Known for his portrayal of unfailing optimism in the midst of human suffering, it seems clear that his words will inspire readers and dreamers for generations to come. Here are seven powerful quotes to pay tribute to his memory and continue his legacy.


Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)


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1. “A journey is like a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” 


2. “I am happy to report that in the war between romance and reality, reality is not the stronger.”


East of Eden (1952)


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3. “All great and precious things are lonely.” 


4. “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”


The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)


'The Winter of Our Discontent' by John Steinbeck

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5. “When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you’ve got two new people.” 


Grapes of Wrath (1939)


'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck

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6. “Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.” 


The Pearl (1947)


'The Pearl' by John Steinbeck

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7. For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has.”




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Nobel Prize Winning Author Sir V.S. Naipaul Has Died at 85

Sir V.S. Naipaul, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, died on August 11th, in his apartment at London, at age 85. Naipaul was known for his literary exploration of identity. His works focused on the trauma rendered by the colonial and post-colonial ages. He had gained huge success with works such as A House for Mr Biswas (1961), The Mystic Masseur (1957), A Bend in the River (1979), and In A Free State (1971), the last of which earned the Man Booker Prize, the highest glory in English literature. 




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Born in a family with Indian roots in Trinidad, Naipaul had a dream of becoming a writer when he was ten. At the age of eighteen, earning a scholarship, he studied English literature at University of College, Oxford; after that, he’d moved to London till his end of life.



Naipaul’s writing career was not always smooth sailing. According to an interview in 1994, he was trapped in depression and had “the sense of being absolutely lost” while writing his The Suffrage of Elvira, a comic novel. In the same interview, Naipaul stated that “one always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria.”



In 1957, Naipaul’s first novel The Mystic Masseur was published. The book represents the culture of World War II in the British colonized Trinidad. In 1961, his A House for Mr. Biswas, a novel dealing with racial issues, came to the public and made him big. In 1990, Naipaul was bestowed a Knighthood by the Queen. 


When Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, the Sweden Academy praised him as “a literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself, in his inimitable voice.”


This inimitable voice of Naipaul changed the world. Though the history of colonization seems far away from us, the legacy of it, both good and bad, still lives with us. For those historically unheard, defeaters or victimizers, a contemporary writer who is willing to represent the buried (intended or naturally) fragmentations of history becomes a channel of reidentification.


Let’s commemorate Sir V.S. Naipaul whose death is a great loss to the literary world.



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