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Why do we read? Why do we love to turn the pages of paper? - Books that have caught my eye or that I find worth seeing or reading, plus contributions that have to do with books in a broader sense. And finally: books that I think you have to read.

It drives the finer-souled out of personal existence into the world of objective seeing and understanding; this motif is comparable to the longing that irresistibly draws the city dweller from his noisy, confusing surroundings to the quiet high mountain landscape, where the wide gaze glides through the still, pure air and nestles in quiet lines that seem created for eternity.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) [1]

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No 79 Reading Time : ~ 5 min words : ~

How I found a reference to an article about Sarah Orne Jewett in the letters of Edward Garnett and John Galsworthy.

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No 78 Reading Time : ~ 11 min words : ~ 1700

A short review of the crime novel "The Lady and the Law" by the Victorian writer William Wilkie Collins (1824 - 1889).

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No 71 Reading Time : ~ 5 min words : ~ 900

A short note of excitement about a new acquisition, Ralph Waldo Emerson's diaries in a new translation by Jürgen Brôcan.

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No 62 Reading Time : ~ 10 min words : ~ 1200

Lippincott's Monthly Magazine was a 19th-century literary magazine that cleverly managed to attract well-known authors as well.

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No 53 Reading Time : ~ 14 min words : ~ 2100

Today I would like to introduce you to a French illustrator who is probably still known to many in France, but whose work is probably no longer seen in Germany.

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No 33 Reading Time : ~ 2 min words : ~ 175

Elisa-Honorine Champin was a French watercolourist and lithographer who specialised in painting flowers, fruit and vegetables.

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No 31 Reading Time : ~ 13 min words : ~ 2000

How I go about researching my articles online, which sources I use, how I assess their quality. And what else I attach importance to when writing.

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No 21 Reading Time : ~ 11 min words : ~ 1560

Jack Johnson founded the forerunner of the legendary Cotton Club, the Club Delux in New York and was the first black boxing world champion in heavyweight boxing history.

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No 17 Reading Time : ~ 10 min words : ~ 1470

What does a beloved pre-Christmas German television routine about a little Lord, Star Trek and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have in common?

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