The Age of Innocence – Quotes

Firstly, read the following with care. I have tried not giving out spoilers but to talk about the language and the characters do give out a whiff. So, there is the disclaimer and, now, proceed if you must. Or, you can skip my addendum and jump directly to the quotes. Edith Wharton is said to... Continue Reading →

100 Book Quotes

We reached the three digit mark, like Utkarsha commented on the completion of the #100bookquotes phase successfully. It began one morning on the 3rd of July with To KiIl a Mockingbird and ended it with East of Eden on the 10th of October. A 100 days spent with quotes from different books and authors. A few writers... Continue Reading →

  Steinbeck used 300 pencils to write East of Eden. He was known to use up to 60 pencils in a day, preferring the pencil to a typewriter or pen. Hemingway was also a fan of graphite rather than ink, though ‘Papa’ apparently also enjoyed sharpening pencils while he was working on a novel, to... Continue Reading →

As a Christian, Tolstoy considered it necessary to be a pacifist. He believed the State to be the greatest contributor to war and murder, so therefore the State had to be disregarded. His ideas later found admirers in such revolutionaries as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Tolstoy attempted to worship in the Russian Orthodox... Continue Reading →

Born in Dublin in 1856 to a middle-class Protestant family bearing pretensions to nobility (Shaw's embarrassing alcoholic father claimed to be descended from Macduff, the slayer of Macbeth), George Bernard Shaw grew to become what some consider the second greatest English playwright, behind only Shakespeare. Others most certainly disagree with such an assessment, but few... Continue Reading →

Jerry Pinto (born 1966) is a writer of poetry, prose and children’s fiction in English. He is currently at work on various projects, including short fiction and a novel. His collection of poems, Asylum and Other Poems appeared in 2003. He has also co-edited Confronting Love (2005), a book of contemporary Indian love poetry in English.... Continue Reading →

Brandon began writing in earnest after taking a job as the night desk clerk at a hotel because they allowed him to write while at work. During this era he went to school full time during the day, worked nights to pay for his schooling, and wrote as much as he could. He says it... Continue Reading →

In April 1951 Kerouac threaded a huge roll of paper into his typewriter and wrote the single 175,000-word paragraph that became On The Road. The more than 100-foot scroll was written in three weeks but was not published for seven years. Sal and Neal, the main characters, scoff at established values and live by a... Continue Reading →

Lovecraft started out as a would-be journalist, joining the United Amateur Press Association in 1914. The following year, he launched his self-published magazine The Conservative for which he wrote several essays and other pieces. While he had reportedly dabbled in fiction early on, Lovecraft became more serious about writing stories around 1917. Many of these... Continue Reading →

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