Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 4, September

Carolyn Errington's Role in the Publication of Paul L. Errington's of Predation and Life
Wildlife biologist and nature writer Paul L. Errington (an environmental visionary who counted Aldo Leopold as a close friend) spent his career redefining our understanding of vertebrate population dynamics, especially as related to muskrat predation...
"Comfortably Ever After": Romance and Reality in Munro's "How I Met My Husband"
When students first read Alice Munro's often-anthologized story "How I Met My Husband," they are usually surprised by the ending. Most of the story focuses on what seems a blossoming romance between the naive central character, Edie, and the charming...
Kierkegaard, Malraux and Lowry's under the Volcano
In his masterpiece Under the Volcano (1947), Malcolm Lowry attributes the alcoholism, inability to love, self-hatred and self-destruction of his anti-hero Geoffrey Firmin to a crucial episode that took place during the Great War. Commanding the ironically...
Marguerite Ida-Helena Annabel in Gertrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
The Faust legend is something of a retelling of the Biblical myth of the Garden of Eden as it appears in Genesis 2-3. There Eve is tempted by the devil, in the form of a serpent, to taste fruit from the tree of knowledge and to share that fruit with...
Richard Hillary and Ondaatje's the English Patient
The Last Enemy (1942), a war memoir by Richard Hillary--the most famous World War II flyer, author and English patient--is not mentioned among the thirteen books in the Acknowledgments of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient (1992). (Hemingway admired...

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