The Greatness of Gatsby in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Oheka Castle on Long Island served as one of the inspirations for Jay Gatsby’s estate in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. / Photo by Gryffindor, Wikimedia Commons By Qin Li (Baoding University, China) and Lili Zheng (Send School of Linxi, China) Abstract The Great Gatsby is the masterpiece of Fitzgerald, the representative of “Jazz Age”.[…]

What We Can Learn from Reading Sylvia Plath’s Copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’

For centuries, readers have written in the margins of their books to indicate admiration, disagreement or inspiration. Plath was no different. As a rare books curator, I get to interact with first editions of novels I love, illustrated versions of my favorite poets’ works, and lavish editions of historical engravings. In 2015, I started using the University[…]

Excavating Sheffield Castle, One-Time Prison of Mary, Queen of Scots

The Scottish queen spent 14 years imprisoned at the medieval stronghold. By Meilan Solly / 08.17.2018 By all accounts, England’s Elizabeth I never should’ve made it to the throne. Bastardized following the 1536 execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, young Elizabeth’s childhood was marred by the ever-changing whims of her father, Henry VIII. Following his death in 1547, Elizabeth[…]

Æthelflæd: The Anglo-Saxon Iron Lady

How a widow battled back against the Vikings and became one of the most powerful figures in Britain.        By (left-to-right) Dr. Philip Morgan, Dr. Andrew Sargent, Dr. Charles Insley, and Dr. Morn Capper / 06.21.2017 Morgan: Senior Lecturer, Keele University Sargent: Lecturer in Medieval History, Keele University Insley: Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester Capper: Lecturer in Archaeological Heritage,[…]

Plutarch, Plato, and Sparta: A Questionable Attribution

Plutarch’s attribution of the Spartan constitution to Plato is not strictly correct;the question of whether its assertion can be explained in terms of literary and rhetorical goals is left for future research. Introduction In the Life of Lycurgus, Plutarch appears to say that Plato embraced the Spartan constitution as a socio-political ideal. This claimgenerates a[…]