secretgarden

A short history of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s real secret garden

Upon its first publication in “The American Magazine” in 1910, readers first got to picture the garden at Misselthwaite Manor. A beautiful garden, a secret place locked away and left overgrown. Its description, however, is not solely based on Frances Hodges Burnett’s imagination: “The Secret Garden” was in fact inspired by a real garden, one the…

donkey

When Robert Louis Stevenson travelled with a donkey in the Cévennes

Long before Scottish writer and poet Robert Louis Stevenson published his popular novella “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” and shortly before his rise to fame with the release of “Treasure Island“, the Scottish writer successfully experimented with another genre in literature: the travelogue. Actually, his first book was an account based…

contemporaryrussian

Beyond yesterday’s perspective: Russia and contemporary literature

I hear that “The Master and Margarita” is a brilliant novel, that Dostoyevsky’s works are widely appreciated in Universities and that Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” is an all-time classic of Russian literature. All true. Then, how come new authors from Russia are barely mentioned in the English language? There is a contemporary literature in Russia. One…