" Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes
Lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes;
Antiquity and birth are needless here;
‘Tis impudence and money makes a peer.
Daniel Defoe

Back in the day


Lolita Published in US

Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is the story of a middle-aged European intellectual's infatuation with a 12-year-old American "nymphet," a term Nabokov himself coined in this novel. Due to the novel's highly controversial subject matter, Nabokov initially had trouble finding a publisher for the work. Today, it is considered one of the finest novels written in the 20th century. Lolita contains a number of literary allusions to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. What are a few examples?



Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes are generally brief, anonymously written songs or verses intended for children. Though these rhymes are thought to help develop vocabulary and counting skills, scholars have actually linked many of these rhymes to historic events. For example, some believe that "Pop Goes the Weasel" is about silk weavers bringing their shuttles or bobbins (known as "weasels") to pawnbrokers to exchange for drinking money. What event does “Ring a Ring O'Roses” supposedly reference?

Born on a day like today


Alain Robbe-Grillet

Robbe-Grillet, a French novelist and filmmaker, is considered the originator of the nouveau roman, or "new novel." In this writing style, timelines and plots are fractured and the resulting novel resembles the literary equivalent of a cubist painting. In The Erasers (1953), for example, a detective searches for the assassin in a murder that has not yet occurred, only to discover that he is destined to become the assassin. This novel is based on what legend from Ancient Greece?

Last updated on Saturday, 18th August 2007

More sponsors