Tag Archives: Prose

1973: Self-Translation

Born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett wrote almost exclusively in French after moving to Paris in 1939. He would then translate his novels and plays into English. He wrote the following sentence in his 1946 short story “Premier amour”: Personnellement je … Continue reading

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1913: As One Universe Differs from Another

Proust’s corrections to a proof of Swann’s Way (1913) When, after that first evening at the Verdurins’, he had had the little phrase played over to him again, and had sought to disentangle from his confused impressions how it was … Continue reading

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1964: Bastard

Women cheat, women suffer. They used to be attractive—so they smooth away their age. I shout mine aloud because I was never attractive, because I shall always have my baby hair. It’s taken me two and a half hours to … Continue reading

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1703: Forseeing Things to Come

In 1703, the Scottish writer Martin Martin published A description of the Western Islands of Scotland. : Containing a full account of their situation, extent, soils, product, harbours, bays, tides, anchoring places, and fisheries. The ancient and modern government, religion … Continue reading

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1903: Mission to Ento

From the preface to Journeys to the Planet Mars; or, Our Mission to Ento (1903), originally published as Journeys to the Planet Mars, or, Our mission to Ento (Mars): Being a Record of Visits Made to Ento (Mars) by Sara … Continue reading

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1902: I Have in Me a Quite Unusual Intensity of Life

The opening of The Story of Mary MacLane: Butte, Montana January 13, 1901 I of womankind and of nineteen years, will now begin to set down as full and frank a Portrayal as I am able of myself, Mary Mac … 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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