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Leslie Marmon Silko is a fairly rad chick, also quite the accomplished writer to boot--but she likely would not tell you any of that himself. When she released Ceremony in 1977, she was unwilling to accept the name of "first female Native American novelist." As she points out in this interview, a whole lot about Native American history has been lost. "There could have been a Native American girl long ago that we don't know about," Silko speculates. Sounds like someone's been eating her fair......Read More
Antigone selects up at the same (uber-dismal) location that Oedipus in Colonus leaves away. Oedipus has just passed away from Colonus, and Antigone and her husband choose to return to Thebes with the intention of assisting their brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, avoid a prophecy that predicts they will kill each other in a struggle for the throne of Thebes. But upon her arrival in Thebes, Antigone finds that the two of her brothers are dead. Antigone defies the legislation, buries her brother,......Read More
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1804. This birthdate and set tells us pretty much everything we need to know about Hawthorne: he is an American (born on the fourth of July!) And he's got roots in Salem (of witchcraft fame). Hawthorne became one of the earliest major writers in the United States, and he made his name at least in part by writing about the early colonial period in Massachusetts. This particular novel, The House of the Seven Gables, mixes a lot of......Read More
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