Browsing: Literature

Julius Caesar was known to say that he preferred a victory obtained by intelligence to one obtained by force, and George Washington once wrote, “The necessity of procuring good intelligence is apparent, and need not be further urged.” Dozens of novelists and other writers have been spies or intelligence agents. They’re fascinating, mysterious people whose biographies…

Dystopian worlds are decidedly unlike our own – totalitarian, dehumanizing, frightening, often futuristic. The job of their creators, then, is to imagine a hellish world and put it on paper, in writing that somehow makes its existence terrifyingly plausible. A great opening line serves as the initial, horrifying bridge between our world and an author’s…

We like to think of children’s book authors as sweet and wholesome, since these are the people helping to mold young minds. You wouldn’t expect anything but sunshine and rainbows from someone who writes about talking rabbits learning how to share, after all. But the dark reality is, many of your favorite children’s book authors…

We may find it difficult to believe that Agatha Christie, a Victorian wife and mother who wrote crime stories set in rural England, supported feminism through her writings. Indeed, we will find many critics like Johann Hari who tell us that Christie did exactly the opposite, incorporating “a hostility to feminism” into her stories. The…

The word “gospel” literally means good word.  From the 1st century onward, professed Christians have tried preaching their message in the language of the people whom they encounter.  Because many languages in the past existed merely as spoken languages, without any written literature, it was difficult to discuss the doctrines of the scriptures with these…

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