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Stolen Air: Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam, trans. Christian Wiman (Ecco Press)

W. S. Auden. If I Could Tell You -- Time will say nothing but I told you so,/ Time only knows the price we have to pay;/ If I could tell you I would let you know.// If we should weep when clowns put on their show,/ If we should stumble when musicians play,/ Time will say nothing but I told you so.// [...] click through to complete poem: photo by Carl Van Vechten,1939.

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This Reading Test Compares Your Speed With The US National Average

This Reading Test Compares Your Speed With The US National Average. I honestly don't care how quickly I read. I like to enjoy the words, taste them and feel them. This makes for slower reading because I take in the style.

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24 Photos Of Famous Authors When They Were Coming Of Age

"The demand that I make of my reader is that he should devote his whole Life to reading my works." Interview with Max Eastman in Harper's Magazine, as quoted in James Joyce (1959) by Richard Ellmann. Eastman noted "He smiled as he said that — smiled, and then repeated it." James Joyce

American ceramic artist and painter Toshiko Takaezu: "You are not an artist simply because you paint or sculpt or make pots that cannot be used. An artist is a poet in his or her own medium. And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive."

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (1945-1950) Mandatory Credit: Photo by CSU Archives / Everett Collection / Rex Features ( 706314A ) Nobel Prize winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn during the Gulag years 1945-1950. His most famous work, the Gulag Archipelago detailed the brutalities of the Stalinist regime in Russia and forced him into exile for 20 years until he returned to Russia after the fall of communism.

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Great Writers Series: Rudyard Kipling

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