Books, Book Reviews & Stories: the connections and why it matters
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"Connections and Why They Matter"
Most of what happens in our life will spark a connection. Life connects with what has been found in books. Books connect with what happens in life. Use the connections to help you see more clearly. A love of reading and writing is what motivated the creation of this blog. Thank you for coming to the blog.
BJ's FAVORITE AUTHORS
This focuses on authors who have had a great deal of influence on our lives and also on the books that have been reviewed
Few poets have been even close to as essential and influential to the evolution of a language as William Shakespeare was to English. His strongest influence on the language was his diction. Scholars estimate that Shakespeare used at least 20,000 words in his work overall, and that he invented about 1,700 of those words.
Literary Favorites in this blog are those authors that have influenced other authors, and literature itself. No one else will likely will be found that will equal Shakespeare's influence.
The New York Times commented on Shakespeare, by quoting Harold Bloom who said, "that after 400 years, Shakespeare's genius is alive and well". They add to this, Bloom's thought that, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is a secular scripture from which we derive much of our language, our psychology and our mythology."
Harold Bloom is a Shakespeare Scholar and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale. He was a former Harvard Professor and it is difficult to write about Shakespeare without referencing him.
Dr. Samual Johnson said: "The essence of poetry is invention; such invention, by producing something unexpected, surprises and delights.
Bloom said this thought lead him to naming the book, "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human" and that book is reviewed on this site in the Review Section. It states that Shakespeare remains so popular and his memorable characters feel so real, because through them Shakespeare invented something that hadn't existed before.
Good authors often explain that they find the characters for their stories before they write the story. Some say the character sort of comes to them in their thoughts. The key then is to listen closely to the characters, once you find them, and they will tell you the plot.
No other author seems to have such deep character development as does Shakespeare. The characters seem to have no end of surprises in who they really turn out to be, and then add to this that they change as their life impacts them. Bloom offers insight into why this is. He said of Falstaff and Hamlet that they were "free artists of themselves". He said of Shakespeare that the knowledge that he gives us is not language but diction, the choice of words.
“Shakespeare is the happy hunting ground of all minds that have lost their balance.”