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

Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”

"The Death of Socrates" or "La Morte de Socrate" is perhaps the most famous painting from a French artistic epoch dubbed the Neoclassical period. It is an oil on canvas painting, painted in 1787 by Jacques Louis David (1748-1925), one of the main creators behind the Neoclassical period. Our initial observations reveal the central action … Continue reading Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”

Outline of the Theaetetus

As Strauss notes, there are always three different layers to a Platonic dialogue. On the surface, the Theaetetus is a dialogue addressing the question of knowledge. Contextually within the larger series of dialogues, the Theaetetus is the first in a series leading up to the death of Socrates (Theaetetus, Euthyphro, Sophist, Statesman, Apology, Crito, Phaedo). It is, first and … Continue reading Outline of the Theaetetus


Gaslight  Director: George Cukor (1944) Adopted from Patrick Hamilton's play of the same name, Gaslight is a great film that is wildly suspenseful and amusing, though it deviates significantly from the play. It stars a young Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, and Joseph Cotton. It was nominated and won a number of Academy Awards. The term "gaslighting" … Continue reading Gaslight