Saturday, 3 December 2016


Risultati immagini per stevenson

On 3 December 1894  Robert Louis Stevenson  died very suddenly. He had defied his weak lungs for over 40 years, but in the end it was a brain haemorrhage which killed him. He was buried on the summit of Mount Vaea, Vailima, on a small Samoan island in the Pacific with his “Requiem”. 
Fourteen years earlier, when he was very ill in California, he had composed his own epitaph:

"Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill."

Risultati immagini per robert louis stevenson the strange case of dr jekyll and mr hyde pdf

Here you can find a study guide on Robert Louis Stevenson's most captivating novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

“All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


184° anniversario della nascita di Louisa May Alcott

I have always loved Louisa May Alcott!  She was definitely my favourite writer when I was a teenager  and used to spend long hours reading and enjoying her beautiful novels! Jo March will always be one of  my favourite heroines because she is lively, intelligent, passionate,  strong-minded and independent ... even more than Jane Austen's heroines! 
Read here  an article from The Telegraph about this female author who also became a famous feminist and campaigned for the abolition of slavery. 
It is absolutely worthwhile to read her most celebrated novel Little WomenClick here for a detailed analysis of the novel.

Sunday, 27 November 2016


Risultati immagini per romeo and juliet film

Romeo and Juliet is among the most popular plays ever written in the English language. Written by the master playwright William Shakespeare, it tells the story of two young lovers whose families have a long history of violence against each other. Like most plays from Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet is laden with many great dialogues. 
Here are 10 of the most famous quotations from the play with their explanations.


“Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;
Being vex’d a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears.”
Romeo (Act I, Scene 1)
This is a famous definition of love from the master playwright through his character Romeo. It starts by saying that love is a smoke that rises from the fume of sighs, i.e. sighs of a person who is initially attracted to someone raises love just like fumes raise smoke. If the smoke is cleared, it causes a lover’s eyes to sparkle. However if the smoke is stirred up it can create a sea of tears of the lover. In simple words Shakespeare is saying that love can be source of great happiness or great sadness depending on how it is handled.

Friday, 25 November 2016


The Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous scenes in all of Shakespeare's plays. 
It follows the meeting of Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, at a fancy dress party in Juliet's home. Romeo and his friends sneak into the party, uninvited, and when Romeo sees Juliet, he is instantly smitten. After the party, Romeo jumps over the Capulets' garden wall, and searches for Juliet.

Romeo hides in the garden and soon observes Juliet walking onto the balcony outside her room. When Romeo sees Juliet, he feels hope; it is as if the sun is rising. This is important to note, as Romeo has just spent several weeks pining over an unrequited love, Rosaline. When he sees Juliet at the party, Rosaline is instantly forgotten.
Read here.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


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Here you can find a significant article about Jane Austen's longevity. 

“Anyone who has the temerity to write about Jane Austen is aware of [two] facts: first, that of all great writers she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness; second, that there are twenty-five elderly gentlemen living in the neighbourhood of London who resent any slight upon her genius as if it were an insult to the chastity of their aunts.” 
Virginia WoolfA Room of One's Own

Sunday, 6 November 2016



Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, was the only daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Their high expectations of her future are, perhaps, indicated by their blessing her upon her birth with both their names. She was born on 30 August 1797 in London. The labor was not difficult, but complications developed with the afterbirth. Despite expert attention, her mother sickened from placental infection and died eleven days after her birth, on 10 September. Continue reading here.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016


Risultati immagini per john keats

John Keats was born on 31 October 1795 in Moorgate, London, England, the first child born to Frances Jennings and Thomas Keats. After leaving school in Enfield, Keats went on to apprentice with Dr. Hammond, a surgeon in Edmonton. After his father died in a riding accident, and his mother died of tuberculosis, John and his brothers moved to Hampstead. It was here that Keats met Charles Armitage Brown (1787-1842) who would become a great friend. Remembering his first meeting with him, Brown writes "His full fine eyes were lustrously intellectual, and beaming (at that time!)". Much grieved by his death, Brown worked for many years on his biography, Life of John Keats (1841). In it Brown claims that it was not until Keats read Edmund Spencer's Faery Queen that he realised his own gift for the poetic. Keats was an avid student in the fields of medicine and natural history, but he then turned his attentions to the literary works of such authors as William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer. Continue reading here.

Here you can find a summary and an analysis of John Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale". 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


A major figure among the English Romantic poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley led an unconventional life and died tragically young.

He was born on 4 August 1792 near Horsham in Sussex. His father was a member of parliament. Shelley was educated at Eton and at Oxford University. There he began to read radical writers such as Tom Paine and William Godwin. In 1811, he was expelled for his contribution to a pamphlet supporting atheism.  Continue reading here.

Saturday, 1 October 2016