Guest Blog: Voivode vs. Vampire – Dracula in Modern Literature

19 07 2013

The best blog on the web I know of for stuff literary. By the way who knew the connection between Walt Whitman and Dracula? See the link
http://www.neh.gov/humanities/2012/novemberdecember/feature/when-bram-met-walt.

Interesting Literature

By Gemma Norman, University of Birmingham

The name ‘Dracula’ is a name synonymous with vampires: the handsome, seductive aristocratic Count of Bram Stoker’s novel is the image that first comes to mind upon hearing the name. Most people have also heard the name Vlad the Impaler, but it’s rare to find someone who knows that they are one and the same person. Known in Romanian as Vlad Ţepeş and in Turkish as Kazıkulu Bey (The Impaler Prince) Vlad III ruled three times as Voivode (from the Slavic for warlord) of Wallachia. A member of the House of Drăculeşti, a branch of the House of Basarab Vlad gained the name ‘Dracula’ from his father, also called Vlad who was known as ‘Dracul’ or ‘The Dragon’ due to his membership in this chivalric order under the patronage of King Sigismund of Hungary. This Order was sworn to fight the Ottoman Turks…

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Guest Blog: Aldous Huxley’s Island

10 07 2013

Books like this and movies like “V is for Vendetta” are our best hopes to save the planet for those who come after us.

Interesting Literature

By David Izzo (Shaw University, Raleigh NC)

To be capable of love –this is, of course, about two thirds of the battle; the other third is becoming capable of the intelligence that endows the love with effectiveness in an obscure and complicated and largely loveless world. It is not enough merely to know, and it is not enough merely to love; there must be knowledge-love and charity-understanding or pajna-karuna, in the language of Buddhism—wisdom-compassion. (Aldous Huxley)

Any event in any part of the universe has as it determining conditions all previous events in all parts of the universe. (Huxley)

island1Aldous Huxley’s last novel Island was written in part after he learned that he had cancer and he may have believed that this would be his last opportunity to express his vision of a utopian society in which a key component would be mystical philosophy. Island was published in 1962…

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