The first Russian writer to be widely celebrated in the West, Turgenev managed to be hated by the radicals as well as by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky for his dedicated Westernism, bland liberalism, aesthetic elegance, and tendency to nostalgia and self-pity.
More Wolfe Memorial Thomas Wolfe Throughout his literary career, Thomas Clayton Wolfe mined the early years of his life to extract every scrap of truth from his experiences, and to carve these truths into art.
He seemed to take little pleasure in the finished work, but would feverishly turn to the next. During his brief but eventful life, Thomas Wolfe traveled the length and breadth of the United States, sailed to Europe on glamorous ships, conversed with literary giants and film stars, and loved a famous, successful woman.
His first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, recounted the life of a young man born in western North Carolina, the son of a stonecutter and a woman who ran a boardinghouse.
He once said the reason he wrote a book was to forget it. His mother was 40 years old and her dream was that her last child would achieve greatness. At the age of four he traveled to St. While there, Tom experienced his first loss of family when his brother, Grover, contracted typhoid and died.
This event haunted Tom, and years later he would carve it into art. Behind the little wasted shell that lay there he remembered suddenly the warm brown face, the soft eyes, that once had peered down at him She became first, last, and always a businesswoman.
And when Julia moved into the cavernous old house, she took young Tom with her. The "Old Kentucky Home" afforded the boy a foreign and uncomfortable existence over the next ten years. Ben defended his awkward little brother before the others in the large, rambunctious family; and he looked after Tom with small tokens of money and other gifts.
Ben had time for Tom, and the boy never forgot it. While Julia single-mindedly ran her business, her youngest child was left to fend for himself; and when Tom was accepted at the North State Fitting School in Asheville, his studies became the center of his life.
Tom graduated in with the highest literary honors. Although Julia toiled on with the boardinghouse and her real estate ventures, by many changes had taken place in the Wolfe household. Due to his unusual height six feet, seven inches and small-town innocence, Tom felt very much an outsider in his new surroundings.
When assigned an essay titled "Who I Am," he wrote unabashedly about his colorful family, and his classmates were certain it was fiction.
By his sophomore year at Chapel Hill, Tom began to achieve recognition as a writer. At the beginning of his junior year, however, as Tom was enjoying his academic endeavors at college, tragedy struck when his special brother, Ben, contracted a severe case of pneumonia.
Torn and distraught, Tom was at home with Ben when he died at the age of 25 in an upstairs bedroom of the "Old Kentucky Home. Tom later confided to his sister, Mabel: I think the Asheville I knew died for me when Ben died. I have never forgotten him and I never shall.
I think that his death affected me more than any other event in my life. He began to write plays.
He wrote another play, "The Mountains," and revised it throughout the year. He would teach English in New York off and on for the next six years. He sailed to England in Octoberand went on to tour France and Italy. He kept a journal, part of which was later published in an Asheville newspaper.
Tom sailed back to New York in August, and on the last night of the voyage he met the woman who would be the greatest love of his life. He turned, and saw her then, and so finding her, was lost, and so losing self, was found, and so seeing her, saw for a fading moment only the pleasant image of the woman that perhaps she was, and that life saw.
With her help the author embarked on the work that would bring him his greatest success. It was after they arrived that Tom proposed marriage, but Aline would not consider divorcing her husband.
Staying on in England after Aline sailed for home, Tom began writing: By day I would write for hours in big ledgers which I had bought for the purpose; then at night, when I would try to sleep, I would lie in bed and fold my hands behind my head and think of what I had done that day and hear the solid, leather footbeat of the London bobby as he came by my window, and that utterly quiet London square, and wait until he had gone and remember that I was born in North Carolina and wonder why the hell I was now in London lying in the darkened bed, my hands beneath my head, and thinking about words I had that day put down on paper.Berlioz's father, a respected local figure, was a progressively-minded doctor credited as the first European to practise and write about acupuncture.
He was an agnostic with a liberal outlook; his wife was a strict Roman Catholic of less flexible views. After briefly attending a local school when he was about ten, Berlioz was educated at home by his father.
INTERVIEWS. July - Flaubert's Parrot - Harriet Gilbert, BBC World Book Club - Julian Barnes in Conversation (PDF) - Vanessa Guignery, Cercles 4 p [Interview conducted by Vanessa Guignery during a Flaubert's Parrot conference in Rouen, November Ivan Turgenev: Russian novelist whose major works include A Sportsman’s Sketches (), Home of the Gentry (), and Fathers and Sons ().
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on 11 December at No. 83 rue nationale, the family home in the French commune of La Côte-Saint-André in the département of Isère, near Grenoble. Three days later, he was baptised in the chapel of the Church of Saint-André. Just what sort of book is Flaubert's Parrot, anyway?A literary biography of 19th-century French novelist, radical, and intellectual impresario Gustave Flaubert?
A meditation on the uses and misuses of . Madame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in The character lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life.