Literary News: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman

When I started this blog in January, my first post was a short comment on the frenzy around the discovery of a "new" manuscript by Harper Lee. That manuscript was released almost two weeks ago as Go Set a Watchman. In my January post, I noted that the manuscript was hardly new, but—according to Lee herself—was instead an earlier draft... Continue Reading →

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Notes from the Classroom: John Stuart Mill’s “What Is Poetry?”

With ten minutes left in yesterday's class, I said, "Sorry, Lord Tennyson. You're not happening today." Alfred Tennyson, Emily Brontë, and Matthew Arnold got sidelined, because my students detected something to fret about. And that something was an unsettling charge against John Stuart Mill. Let me preface. This semester, I'm teaching a section of English... Continue Reading →

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