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THE POPULARITY of Hamewith and its author was quite phenomenal in the northeast of Scotland. It is a significant mark of the affection in which the author was held by the community at large that he was soon popularly known as Hamewith himself, in the same way as a farmer in that airt comes to be...
IN 1846, Charlotte Bront was attempting to find a publisher for the sisters' first booka selection of their poems. It was a bad time for poetry. In the earlier years of the century it had flourished remarkably with the rise of Scott and Byron, whose popularity brought record sales, but by the...
IT CAN STILL BE SAID, after fortyeight years have passed, that little has yet been written of the history of school libraries, for indeed the history is still in the making. Progress in the provision of library services to schools has been slow and piecemeal until recently, and Alec Ellis's...
CHARLES DICKENS'S immense popularity when his novels first appeared in weekly and monthly parts, and his continuing popularity today is due, above all, to his skill in creating memorable characters whose fortunes the reader compulsively follows. His characters show their creator's remarkable...
A FEW YEARS AGO I worked for a while in a university in Northern Nigeria. Its main campus was at Zaria, a hundred miles or so to the south, but the department in which I worked was housedsomewhat incongruously and pending the erection of permanent buildingsin the old Airport Hotel at Kano. One's...
THE DEATH SHIP is the most famous of all B. Traven's books. When it first came out in Germany in 1935, it sold over 200,000 copies before it was banned. It is subtitled The Story of an American Sailoralthough it could as well be called The Story of a Hero without a name. Perhaps the term Hero...
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