Life writing

I had not heard of Alexander Masters before but his work sounds fascinating. He seems a fervent believer that all lives matter and have worth:

Found: 148 Diaries. But Who Wrote Them?” by James Parker, The New York Times (Dec. 9/16),

a review of

A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in the Trash, Alexander Masters, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016.

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Yes, it’s a tough time of year.

But look on the bright side: we don’t live in London in 1665 like poor Samuel Pepys!

English Mass Grave Sheds New Light on the Horrors of the Black Death: The burial pit contained 48 skeletons that tested positive for the plague,” Danny Lewis, Smithsonian.com (Dec.2, 2016).

Resources

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Additional (and optional) reading: here are links to some useful videos/sites/articles about Beowulf and the history/language/culture of the period:

Articles:

Digital:

Links:

Videos: