John Steinbeck was born 1902 in Salinas, California. He is a descendant of old settlers. California itself - \"El Dorado,\" the Golden Country-has occupied a central position in his work. The epic power and sweep of the American continent, the machine-waste and the abusing of their power (potential vs. product), are a basic theme in Steinbeck\'s writing. Steinbeck\'s family was middle-class. His father, John Ernst, was a prosperous ... mehr
Although A Canticle for Leibowitz was published as a book in 1959, one version of it was written earlier. The first section, also entitled \"A Canticle for Leibowitz\" (now \"Fiat Homo\" [\"And He Created Man\"]) appeared in 1955, the second section appeared as \"And the Light Is Risen\" (\"Fiat Lux\" [\"Let There be Light\"]) the next year, and the conclusion appeared in 1957 as \"The Last Canticle\" (\"Fiat Voluntas Tua\" [\"T ... mehr
Today I'm gonna tell you something about capital punishment in the United States.
This issue is very controversial around the world because on the one hand people say nobody is allowed to claim the right to determine whether another person should die or not. On the other hand some people think murderers and violent rapists should be sentenced to death when it's obviously the case the inmate has commited the crime. So there are many oppos ... mehr
I want to talk about cars. I have divided my report in three parts. The History of automobiles, the different types of cars and drivers and finally the problems and dangers of cars in our world.
The History of automobiles
The first gas powered car was independently from each other invented by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler in Germany in the year 1886. In the beginning the production was made by hand, but an American named Hen ... mehr
It`s a question of time till you get mad by being alone on an uninhabited island. How often have you thought about to escape to an island where no one can find you no phones, no job and no stress only you and the rustle of the ocean.
For Chuck Noland this became reality, after a plane crash in the Pazific Ocean Chuck and some packeges were washed up on an unhabited island. Where he had to stay for the next 4 years. So what were the aspects ... mehr
Jerome David Salinger was born in New York 1919. His father, Sol, was a jew who was in the meat and cheese business. His relationship to his father was distant and he didn´t even bother to attend his funeral. His mother, of whom he was very fond, was Irish Catholic. Being half jewish was a source of enormous conflict for Salinger.
The cold relationship to his father, his conflict being half jewish and especially his traumatic experiences i ... mehr
David Lodge was born in London in 1935 and took his BA and MA degree at University College, London in 1955 and 1959. He holds a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, where he taught in the English Department from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to become a full-time writer. He retains the title of Honorary Professor of Modern English Literature at Birmingham and continues to live in that city. He is a Fellow of the Royal ... mehr
Ben Ross is one of the main characters in "The Wave". "The Wave" is his experiment which he started. Until it has to end.
He is a teacher at Gordon High School. He always tries to teach his lessons in a practically way to show his students the "relevant aspects of history" (page 10, line 25). So it seems to me that he really likes his job and he has fun to teach his students. Besides he is unable to cope with technical machines. That is why ... mehr
David Copperfield. Six months before David Copperfield's birth, his father died. His aunt, Betsey Trotwood, arrives in Blunderstone on the night he is born. She leaves because she expected a girl. When David is a little boy, Peggotty, his nurse, takes him on holiday to her brother.When they return home, his mother has re-married. David is sent to Salem House by his stepfather Murdstone. After his mother's death he is forced to wo ... mehr
"Great Expectations" describes the life of Philip Perrip, called Pip. It is told by Pip himself (first-person narrator).
The story is of danger, exitement and adventure, but also describes relationships, characters, the feeling of love and differences between classes in society.
There are three stages of Pip´s life throughout the story.
The first stage is of Pips childhood.
Pip who is brought up by his sister and her husband Joe, th ... mehr
In the industrial city of Coketown, a place dominated by grim factories and oppressed by coils of black smoke, the dark-eyed, rigid man Thomas Gradgrind has established a school. He has hired the teacher Mr MacChoakumchild, whom he hopes will instil in the students nothing but cold, hard facts.
While walking back to his home, appropriately named Stone Lodge, Gradgrind catches his two eldest children spying on the circus through a peephole in t ... mehr
This book by Charles Grant is the second one of the "X-Files stories". Once again the two special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate mysterious cases beyond imagination. This time the story takes place in New Mexico.
At the beginning a rancher in New Mexico discovers two dead human bodies that have been skinned. In the meantime Mulder is thinking over the murder of five women. He discovers that the murderer is slicing the letters of h ... mehr
Gillian Cross has been writing children's books for over twenty years.- Before that, she tool English degrees at Oxford and Sussex Universities; and she has done various jobs, including working in a village bakery , and being an assistant of Member of Parliament. She is married with four children and lives in Warwickshire. Her hobbies include orienteering and playing the piano.
The main characters:
Janis Mary Finch: a 16 year o ... mehr
China\'s logistics sector has a bright future. Its economy keeps growing with an annual rate of seven percent, which stimulates the demand for logistics. Also the accession to the WTO will increase its import and export and bring new opportunities to the logistics sector. The influx of foreign capital and multinational logistics enterprises in the Chinese market will help to modernize the country\'s logistics.
Economic Env ... mehr
The human form of BSE (mad cow disease) is called CJD. A 74-year-old man who died of CJD was the oldest person do perish of new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Scientists had believed that it was a disease of young people. But this death in a different age group has shown that more people may be at risk than previously thought. Most of the 85 victims of the disease, for which there is no cure, were under 30. The youngest was 12. Up until now ... mehr
Classical Chinese and Japanese poetry relates human emotions and sensations to images of nature. These images are prescribed by tradition, and have stereotypical associations which the reader is expected to know. In addition, complex word and sound play is common, little of it translatable, and most poems allude to or quote outright from other classic poems which it is assumed every reader has memorized. The result is that an English rendering ... mehr
Note: a few poems which are not in the public domain do not have links here. You\'ll have to read them in a book.
Shakespeare: \"Sonnet XXX\"
What sorts of things does the poet say he thinks of during his \"sessions of sweet silentthought?\" Why do both pleasant and unpleasant memories make him unhappy? Howdo the final two lines reveal the real point of the poem? What effect does it produce to havepostponed this direct address so long while the ... mehr
Barnstone, Willis, trans. Greek Lyric Poetry. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1967.
Carrier, Constance, trans. The Poems of Propertius . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963.
Kate Farrell: Art & Love: An Illustrated Anthology of Love Poetry. New York: Bulfinch Press, 1990.
Lind, L. R., ed. Latin Poetry in Verse Translation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957.
Wendy Mulford, ed.: Love Poems by Women. New Yor ... mehr
Global warming is the theory that the gases CO2, methane, water vapour and ozone are collecting in the Earth's atmosphere and are heating the planet. This effect, which is mostly caused by the relation of CO2, is also called the Greenhouse Effect. CO2 is released by the burning of fossil fuels, which are essential for human beings - at least nowadays.
There are many theories about the global warming, but only one is unanimous: Global tempera ... mehr
Climbers in Yosemite Valley, until recently engrossed in the complexities of aid-climbing on the big walls, are now concentrating on short free climbs, and working hard to limit the use of pitons. Here Jim Bridwell, a leading figure in this free-climbing renaissance, reports on the new mood that grips the valley.
The general concept of climbing in Yosemite is centred on the mystique of Big Walls. However, the glorious sweeping plains of sunlit ... mehr