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Washington, DC The Great Gatsby book cover painting by Francis Cugat, used with permission of Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group. The Great Gatsby is written in the voice of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who finds himself among the New York upper-class. Nick moves...
Washington, DC Photo of Dashiell Hammett courtesy of Josephine Hammett. Here at The Big Read, it goes without saying that we?re unabashed lit geeks. So you can imagine our excitement when we learned that a previously unpublished story by Dashiell Hammett, author of Big Read novel The Maltese Falcon...
Washington, DC Book cover used courtesy of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., New York. The Grapes of Wrath is an epic novel that takes place during the Great Depression. It begins in Oklahoma, but once the crop-killing Dust Bowl hits, many families, namely the Joads, work their way west to California, to...
Washington, DC DSC24197, Carmel, California, USA by jimg944 via flickr Artists like Georgia O?Keefe and Paul Cézanne are well known for creating evocative portraits of their natural surroundings. Robinson Jeffers on the other hand painted the landscapes he loved with poetry, instilling in readers...
March 2, 2011 Washington, DC Image of Willa Cather courtesy of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Archives & Special Collections. This month on The Big Read blog, we'll be looking at the role region and landscape play in select novels and poems. Willa Cather was born in 1873 in Virginia?s...
Washington, DC " Keyed " by derekGavey, via Flickr As anyone who has ever tried their hand at writing knows, sitting down before a blank page is the first step in a series of difficulties, doubts, passions, and exhilarating bursts of inspiration. Even for the legends of language, writing can be a...
Washington, DC The above image is from Wikimedia Commons . Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz is arguably the most celebrated Arabic novelist of the 20 th century. His work explores Egypt?s ancient origins, as well as its contemporary landscape and culture. Mahfouz passed in 2006, after writing more...
Washington, DC Fanny Appleton, courtesy of the Library of Congress Happy Valentine's Day from The Big Read! What better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with a love poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow wrote "The Evening Star" for his second wife, Fanny Appleton,...
Washington, DC A Chac Mool at the Great Temple of Mexico City. Photo by Adriel A. Macedo Arroyo . In honor of Halloween and the Mexican El Dia de la Muerte (Day of the Dead), we?re celebrating Carlos Fuentes?s spooky story, ?Chac-Mool." About two years ago, in collaboration with the NEA, the Fondo...

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