Tag: Oxford World’s Classics
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Translating a literary work is a serious challenge. The translator somehow has to move a text into the target language while preserving as much as possible of the quality and character, the ‘spirit’ of the original. A tall order that involves the translator in the tricky task of carrying the distinctive character and rhythms of […]more
“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling’s linguistic legacy is apparent from the more than 2500 quotations from his works that appear in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED); the term Kiplingism even has its own entry. This turns out to […]more
If someone were to ask you whether or not you’d read Trimalchio in West Egg, your first instinct might be to say ‘no’, and your second might be to marvel at the curious range of titles given to cookery books nowadays. Sorry to say, you’re possibly wrong on both counts – you might well have […]more
Our previous book quiz, which tested your knowledge of famous opening lines in novels, yielded some very high scores. But how well do you know famous last lines? Though a book’s opening lines may determine whether or not you take the book home at all, it’s as likely to be the last lines that stick in your […]more
Opening lines are an important part of any piece of literature. A writer has to grab the attention of the reader with that first line or run the risk of them putting the book down. While that might sound a little alarmist, there is no doubt that a punchy opening line lingers in the memory […]more