Tag Archives: Novels

1957: Description

From Alain Robbe-Grillet’s 1957 novel, Jealousy: Now the shadow of the southwest column– at the corner of the veranda on the bedroom side– falls across the garden. The sun, still low in the eastern sky, rakes the valley from the … Continue reading

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2001: Was the Silence Gloomy?

Gilbert Sorrentino’s 2001 novel Gold Fools is written entirely in questions. Here are the opening paragraphs: Were Nort Shannon, Dick Shannon, and Bud Merkel exceptionally morose as they sat before the small bunkhouse and about the flames of the blazing … Continue reading

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1922: Description of a Demon

The hum of talk drowned the words, but leaning forward Lessingham saw where the arras curtains behind the dais parted for a moment, and one of princely bearing advanced past the high seats down the body of the hall. His … Continue reading

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1879: Alice

George Dunlop Leslie: Alice in Wonderland (c. 1879) Alas! it was too late to wish that! She went on growing, and growing, and very soon had to kneel down on the floor: in another minute there was not even room … Continue reading

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1894: Novel

Santiago Rusiñol: Novela romántica (1894) ¡Ay! ¡Desgraciadamente no, Elvira! replicó con vehemencia Rodrigo clavando sus rasgados ojos más negros que el azabache en el rostro seductor de su prometida, sobran para mi devoradora inquietud. Ya no comprende vuestro corazón al … Continue reading

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1940: A Power for the Hills

When I penetrated back to the day-room I encountered two gentlemen called Sergeant Pluck and Mr Gilhaney and they were holding a meeting about the question of bicycles. “I do not believe in the three-speed gear at all,” the Sergeant … Continue reading

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1927: Death to the Machines!

     This program for the London premiere of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1927 includes a comparison, in parallel columns, of the novel and the screenplay, both of which were written by by Lang’s collaborator (and wife) Thea von Harbou. The … Continue reading

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