Friday, August 12, 2011

Into the Woods

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:48 AM

"What’s best about us, I hope, is that we teach them
the ‘forest of symbols,’ to borrow deliberately from
a poem called ‘Correspondences,’ by Baudelaire."

The late Stanley Bosworth, founding headmaster
    of St. Ann's School in Brooklyn

Bosworth died Sunday.

Related material—

  1. Saturday's Correspondences,
  2. Sunday's   Coordinated Steps, and
  3. Monday's  Organizing the Mine Workers.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Wednesday January 8, 2003

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Into the Woods

From the Words on Film site:

"The proximal literary antecedents for Under the Volcano are Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, especially The Inferno, on the one hand, and on the other, the Faust legend as embodied in the dramatic poem Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the play Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe."

"In the opening page of the novel, we find the words "The Hotel Casino de la Selva stands on a slightly higher hill …" (Lowry, Volcano p. 3). "Selva" is one of the Spanish words for "woods." One of the cantinas in the novel is named El Bosque, and bosque is another Spanish word for "woods." The theme of being in a darkling woods is reiterated throughout the novel."

Literary Florence

Tonight's site music is "Children Will Listen,"
by Stephen Sondheim, from "Into the Woods."

Stephen Hawking is 61 today. 
An appropriate gift might be a cassette version of
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis,
narrated by John Cleese. 

See also this review of Lewis's That Hideous Strength
and my entries of Dec. 31, 2002, and Jan. 4, 2003.   

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