Tag Archives: Harvard Classics

Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Sir Walter Scott – Thomas Carlyle

Born on December 4, 1795, Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, translator, historian, and mathematician before passing on  February 5, 1881.   He was a gifted lecturer who provided many varied insights during the Victorian age.  One … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Two Years Before the Mast, Ch XXI – Dana

We have previously discussed Dana’s life as well as Two Years Before the Mast fairly thoroughly.    Another look at Dana’s actual voyage as well as other maritime heritage information can be found here: http://www.maritimeheritage.org/ You may read Chapter XXI of … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni

The classic Italian historical novel I Promessi Sposi (“The Betrothed“) was first published in 1827 in three volumes.  It is a veiled attack on the Austrian Empire and is set in northern Italy during the oppressive time of Spanish rule.  It … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Uniformity Of Change – Charles Lyell

Sir Charles Lyell was born November 14, 1797.   We have previously discussed Charles Lyell and some of his scientific theories in prior posts.  Please review these for a deeper understanding. The subject we will discuss here is uniformitarianism.  This … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – The Confessions of St Augustine

St Augustine was born on November 13, 354 AD We have previously examined St Augustine’s life as well as his Confessions in part.  Please review the previously posted material so that you receive a fuller picture of the work and the … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: One’s Self I Sing and Other Poetry by Walt Whitman

American poet, essayist and journalist Walter “Walt” Whitman was born on May 31, 1819.  He passed away on March 26, 1892.  Often called the father of free verse, he was a humanist who marked the transition between and incorporated both … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Deserted Village and Other Poems – Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith was born November 10, 1728. Born on November 10, 1728, the Irish novelist, playwright and poet was renown for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, his pastoral poem The Deserted Village and his plays The Good Natur’d Man and She Stoops to … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Book of Psalms

The Book of Psalms or Tehillim (“Praises”) is the first book of the Ketuvim (“Writings”) and is part of the canon of both the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament.  The book consists of 150 individual psalms.  Many of these are linked to King … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Paradise Regained – John Milton

John Milton died on November  8, 1674.   Subsequent to writing Paradise Lost, English poet John Milton published Paradise Regained in 1671.  Both works share similar theological themes and the use of blank verse.  The latter work, however, deals primarily with the temptation … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – 1001 Nights – The Three Ladies From Baghdad

We have previously examined these tales.  For the purposes of evening visitation with my little princesses, I will be brief.  Simply put, this particular story within the Arabian Nights or 1001 Nights pertaining to the three ladies from Baghdad may be read here: … Continue reading

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