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An Antiquity of Bygone Writings

Knoxville 1915
Excerpt from “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”— from James Agee’s essay "Knoxville" and the introduction to his Pulitzer Prize-winning posthumous novel, A Death in the Family
"On the rough wet grass of the back yard my father and mother have spread quilts. We all lie there, my mother, my father, my uncle, my aunt, and I too am lying there..." more
Thanatopsis Thanatopsis
by: William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
Yet not to thine eternal resting-place
Shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish
Couch more magnificent. more
The Beauty of Snow The Beauty of Snow
A divinity must have stirred with them before the crystals did thus shoot and set. Wheels of the storm-chariots. The same law that shapes the earth-star, shapes the snow-star. As surely as the petals of a flower are fixed, each of these countless snow-stars comes whirling to earth...(From Henry David Thoreau's essay entitled, "Travels in Concord") more
The Woollcott Reader and the short story, "Margaret Ogilvy" The Woollcott Reader and the short story, "Margaret Ogilvy"
~ Edited by Alexander Woollcott. One of the stories, "Margaret Ogilvy", is by J.M. Barrie ~
The opening story is by J.M.Barrie, about his beloved mother, entitled, "Margaret Ogilvy". We're all familiar with his work, "Peter Pan", but chances are that "Margaret Ogilvy" is not being widely read at the moment. I love the title of the first chapter: "How My Mother Got Her Soft Face." more

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