Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, March

Moby-Dick and Seven Pillars of Wisdom
T. E. Lawrence ranked Moby-Dick with the Old Testament, Don Quixote, War and Peace and Arabia Deserta as the five greatest books, and declared, "Melville was a great man." Just after he completed Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926), he described the exalted...
Paul Bowles and Albert Camus: Theme and Variation
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out. Proverbs 10:31 Robert Cunninghame-Graham's Mogreb-el-Acksa (1898), Andre Gide's The Immoralist (1902) and Norman Douglas' Fountains in the Sand (1912) had described,...
Prince Charming and Peter Pan in Munro's "How I Met My Husband"
"I was raised to be charming, not sincere."--Cinderella's Prince, Into the Woods, Sondheim and Lapine In the September, 2010 issue of this journal, I described Alice Munro's often-anthologized short story "How I Met My Husband" as exemplifying what...
Rage, Revenge and Regeneration in Joyce Carol Oates's the Rise of Life on Earth
The Rise of Life on Earth (NY: New Directions, 1991) by Joyce Carol Oates presents a powerful and shocking portrayal of the murderous instinct of a battered woman, Kathleen Hennessey. This essay claims that Oates's intention in presenting Kathleen...
The Last Days of Richard Wright through His Haiku
A year and half before his death in Paris, Richard Wright became obsessed with haiku and wrote four thousand of them. He said he could not give up "those damned haikus" (Michel Fabre. The World of Richard Wright. [Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1985]:...

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