Kicked Out of School

March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Evan Andrews Education might be one of the keys to success, but unruly students can take solace in the fact that some of history’s most influential figures were kicked out of school in their younger days. Most were dismissed for pranks or other youthful indiscretions, but a few got the boot thanks to the very qualities that later made them famous. From Edgar Allan Poe to Salvador Dalí, learn more about six historical figures who were expelled from school. 1. Edgar Allan Poe In 1830, future literary legend Edgar Allan Poe resigned a post in the U.S. Army and enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The aspiring poet had previously left the University of Virginia after drinking and gambling his way into a mountain of debt, and it appears that his tenure at the Point was equally unsettled. Poe endured the school’s strict military discipline and thrived in his studies, but following a falling out with his foster father, John Allan, he resolved to intentionally [...]

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

By  Neil D. Isaacs, Burton Raffel Written by an anonymous 14th-century poet, this epic poem is recognized as an equal of Chaucer’s masterworks and of the great Old English poems, including “Beowulf.” This edition includes a Preface by Raffel and a new Introduction. Revised [...]

Shakespeare In Shackles

January 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

Text by Jeremy Berlin On a windy April day in central Indiana, six men enter a room.Three are white, three are black. Two are over 50, the rest under 40. All of them wear khaki jumpsuits and carry books under their tattooed arms.They are six of the 1,840 inmates at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a Level 4 maximum-security prison. Built in 1923, its Spanish Colonial Revival buildings and grassy courtyards once housed John Dillinger. The men sit in a semicircle, facing a chalkboard and two visitors. One is the instructor, a gray-bearded man with glasses. The other is a guest speaker: a tall woman in her mid-50s with keen blue eyes and flaxen hair streaked silver. This is her first time in Pendleton. But she knows one of the inmates, kept in another part of the prison, very well. “Remember,” she tells the men in the room, speaking cheerfully with a Midwestern cadence, “make what you read today relevant.” One of the youngest men, wearing a green knit cap [...]

Edmund Spenser Poet Poetry Literature and Fiction

December 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

  born London, England, The United Kingdom died January 13, 1599   gender male   genre Poetry, Literature & Fiction   Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 13 January 1599) was an important English poet and Poet Laureate best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. Though he is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, Spenser is also a controversial figure due to his zeal for the destruction of Irish culture and colonisation of Ireland. December 1, 1589: English poet Edmund Spenser registered the first part of his epic, The Faerie Queene, for publication 425 years ago today. “For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” ― Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Books by Edmund Spenser More… For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” ― Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene tags: edmund-spenser, finding, the-faerie-queene [...]

Jonathan Swift Author Nonfiction Literature and Fiction Poetry

December 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

    by Goodreads.com Jonathan Swift Author profile born in Dublin, Ireland November 30, 1667 died October 19, 1745 gender male genre Nonfiction, Literature & Fiction, Poetry influences John Arbuthnot   Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier’s Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms — such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier — or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire; the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.   November 30, 2014 Satirist Jonathan Swift (born November 30, 1667), author of Gulliver’s Travels, was a founding member of the Scriblerus Club, [...]