Early American writers first had to ensure their own survival before they could think about writing for entertainment.
Literature represents much of the very best of humanity's writings, and it is not by any accident that, after bestsellers and sensationalized books have faded from memory, literature continues to thrive and remain intensely relevant to contemporary human conditions.
Literature's stories and texts survive the fires of time. This is why for decades and centuries - long after their authors have gone silent - the writings of Dante, Shakespeare, and Austen, among so many other vital voices, will continue to captivate readers and comment upon life.
Literature has innumerable qualities and purposes and can open doors to unique situations and worlds which are never wholly removed from our own.
Literature introduces us to memorable characters who often have something in common with us or people we know, and those portraits and portrayals can speak directly to the many questions and challenges we individually or collectively face today. Through literature we can discover new meanings, locate and begin to cross bridges between seemingly distant or dissimilar persons, places, things, and thoughts.
Literature remains relevant and essential because it relates as it conveys and carries us beyond ourselves and our world - metaphorically and literally - so that we might experience fresh perspectives, receive challenges to our knowledge and sensibilities, reach new understandings, perhaps even attain wisdom, through such things as poetry, plays, novels, short stories, memoirs, and all the other literary forms.
Through literature we have such amazing opportunities to rediscover ourselves, our world, a universe of thought, feeling, and insights waiting to be revealed anew to - and through each of us - and all because of a few well-chosen words which can speak volumes and clearly across languages, cultures, entire generations, and well beyond most boundaries.
In reading and interpreting literature we help to keep it alive, thriving, pertinent, personally interpretive and interesting. In doing this, we renew its promise, participating in it, influencing it in small or major ways, and ultimately help to preserve it for those readers yet to follow and recommence this most incredible journey of endless perceptions and revelations.
To be continued - by you To continue reading about the wonders and benefits of literature, consider one or more of these titles in the library system catalog:It is , and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church.
Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United lausannecongress2018.com: John Steinbeck.
Steinbeck reinforces the theme of loneliness in subtle and not so subtle ways. In the vicinity of the ranch, for example, is the town of Soledad. The town's name, not accidentally, means "solitude" or "alone.".
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by author John Steinbeck. Published in , it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in California in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in the United States/5(K).
In the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the author explains the theme of friendship and how important it is in our lives. In the beginning of the novel, George is looking after and taking care of Lennie because their friendship gives them a reason to live.
John Steinbeck's Of Mice and lausannecongress2018.com novel Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck. In Soledad, California during the Great Depression in the 's two men of the one named George and the other named Lennie were men who travel around working at ranches.