Category Archives: Reflections

Summing Up Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden’s relevance today is based largely on the prescience of his works. For instance, for all the fuss over obscenity in this country, Auden wisely reminds us, in his Letter to Lord Byron, that “the pious fable and the dirty story/Share in the total literary glory.” Our administrators could also do well to…
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LITERARY CHAMP OF THE WORKING CLASSES

I am not competent to comment on Dickens novels, per se. What I can do is share with you some thoughts, about the strong social and political beliefs that coloured his writing. I have long felt an intuitive empathy with those who are exploited or marginalised, by whomever and for whatever reasons. And so, I…
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Chekhov – The Modern Dramatist

Anton Chekhov was a prolific writer and his short stories and plays had great insight into the inner lives of ordinary people. He was instrumental in establishing modern theatre along with Ibsen and Strindberg, and bringing realism to the forefront. Here are some quotes from his famous plays: The Cherry Orchard All Russia is our…
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Letters from Chekhov

In letters Chekhov wrote to his writing contemporaries, as well as his family, Chekhov often discussed his work and ideas about story craft. His words of wisdom are as relevant now as it was in the 1800s. In a letter written in 1889 to his brother Alexander, Chekhov contemplated on the vagaries of descriptive writing:…
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