The Odd Story of the 1919-1920 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel

When the Pulitzer Prize committee met in 1919 for the award for best Novel, they hastily exchanged telegrams and letters, and nominated Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons at the last minute. They initially reached a "reluctant" conclusion that no novel was deserving of the award, however shortly before the announcement was released one of the jury … Continue reading The Odd Story of the 1919-1920 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel


Vampyr (1932) Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer In German the film was called Vampyr – Der Traum des Allan Gray, or "Vampyr: The Dream of Allan Gray." It was funded by Nicolas de Gunzburg, who also starred in the film under a pseudonym, and the script was based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu's In A Glass Darkly, … Continue reading Vampyr

Thoughts on Iphigenia in Tauris

The title of Euripides's Iphigenia in Tauris can literally be translated as 'Iphigenia Among the Taurians'. The term Tauris is not actually a place, but it refers to the Greek word for the Crimean Peninsula (Taurike). The Iphigenia story has fascinated and horrified artists since antiquity. Several later versions of the Iphigenia story were created, including one … Continue reading Thoughts on Iphigenia in Tauris