August 31: E.E.Cummings

August 31: E.E. Cummings' "anyone lived in a pretty how town" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
August 31: E.E. Cummings’ “anyone lived in a pretty how town” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello cobblers!

How is August over already? I hate Summer: good riddance.

Back to the literature: Today we celebrate E.E.Cummings‘ poem “anyone lived in a pretty how town”.

Want to read the full poem? The Poetry Foundation has it: “anyone lived in a pretty how town.

Oxford University Press has a full biography of Cummings: “E.E. Cummings’ Life.

A feature on Cummings in Harvard Magazine: “The Rebellion of E.E. Cummings.”

We end out this month with another feature on Cummings in Vanity Fair written by Susan Cheever: “The Prince of Patchin Place.”

Goodbye for today, tomorrow we meet.


August 30: Mary Shelley

August 30: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
August 30: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today in literary history we celebrate the birth of Mary Shelley with a quote from her novel Frankenstein.

Shelley is a bit of a literary treasure. If you haven’t heard of her by name, I have no doubt that you’ve heard of Frankenstein or at least seen one of the many movie adaptations. Let’s get to good stuff.

A fantastic feature about Shelley and her mom, Mary Wollstonecraft, in The New York Times: “‘Romantic Outlaws,’ About the Lives of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.” 

Inkle has released an interactive Frankenstein app in which you get to interact with the characters of the story. I repeat: YOU GET TO INTERACT WITH THE CHARACTERS OF THE STORY. Seriously, this is happening and it’s life changing. I’m all about the free, but this app is worth the money. You can check out the trailer for the app here: “inkle – Frankenstein.”

Remember: Frankenstein is not the monster. “The more you know.”

August 29: Matthew Arnold

August 29: Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" | Daily Literary Quotes
August 29: Matthew Arnold’s “Dover Beach” | Daily Literary Quotes

Hello Cobblers!

Today’s chosen word magician is Matthew Arnold and his poem “Dover Beach”.

To read the poem in its entirety, check out the Poetry Foundation’s post: “Dover Beach.”

Here is a digital collection of letters from Matthew Arnold from the University of Virginia: “The Letters of Matthew Arnold.”

The weekend is the most appropriate time to spend over 8 hours reading.

August 28: Aphra Behn

August 28: Aphra Behn's "To the Fair Clarinda..." | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
August 28: Aphra Behn’s “To the Fair Clarinda…” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today we praise the work of Aphra Behn with her poem “To the Fair Clarinda, Who Made Love to Me, Imagine More Than Woman.” Longest poem title ever, but fantastic.

This poem was actually my introduction to Behn, and I quickly fell in love with her rebellious personality found in her works. I actually ended up focusing my senior thesis paper on her novella Oroonoko. I. Love. Her.

Okay, enough about me. Let’s get knee deep in Behn:

The University of Leeds has an in-depth biography on Aphra: “Aphra Behn the Unpaid Spy.

The Guardian, not one of my normal resources, has a feature on Behn’s rebelliousness: “Aphra Behn: still a radical example.” 

And finally, the Poetry Foundation has today’s poem in full, although they have it as “Clorinda” while my Seagull Reader has it as “Clarinda”. Who knows? “To the Fail Clorinda.”

Read on.

August 27: Ira Levin

August 27: Ira Levin's A Kiss Before Dying | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
August 27: Ira Levin’s A Kiss Before Dying | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today in literary history we celebrate the birth of genius author Ira Levin with a quote from his novel A Kiss Before Dying.

I could not believe there wasn’t a Paris Review interview with Ira Levin, or if there was I couldn’t find it. BUT I did find this cool little spotlight video for Levin: “Profile: Ira Levin (feat. authors Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain).” I chose it primarily because the epic line that Palahniuk delivers regarding Levin: “Ira Levin makes the fact that we’re going to die okay. That’s one of the things that horror novels in general do.” Amazing.


Cobble on.

August 25: Billy Collins

August 25: Billy Collin's "Picnic, Lightning" | Daily Literary Quotes from Literary Cobblestones
August 25: Billy Collin’s “Picnic, Lightning” | Daily Literary Quotes from Literary Cobblestones
Hello Cobblers!

Today’s literary quote comes From the great poet, and former Poet Laureate of the U.S., Billy Collins *and the crowd roars*.

Collins is an exceptional poet, and he is no stranger to be interviewed or giving talks, so there was no struggle trying to find adequate material to share with you. I chose my favorites and listed them below.

My first pick may now be my all time favorite Ted Talk: “Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time.”  When it comes to visual and auditory pieces to accompany daily literary quotes, I try to keep it below five minutes, but this performance is well worth 13 minutes of your life.

This is a link to Billy Collins’ website where you can buy any/all of his work: “Billy Collins.”

NPR has an interview with Collins from 2011: “Collins Values Approachable Poetry, Not Pretension.” This article also includes selections of poems from his collection Horoscopes for the Dead. How amazing is that title.

The Library of Congress has a whole digital archive of Collins: “Billy Collins: Online Resources“.

As always, a fantastic interview in the Paris Review: “Billy Collins, The Art of Poetry No.83.

We can never have enough interviews. Here’s one from the Washington Post: “Billy Collins on life, death and poetry.

And we end this post with an even older interview from Guernica: “A Brisk Walk: An Interview with Billy Collins.

That is all I have for you, so hopefully it entertains you enough that you forget it’s only Tuesday.


August 24: Allen Ginsberg

August 24: Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" | Daily Literary Quotes at Literary Cobblestones
August 24: Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” | Daily Literary Quotes at Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

‘Tis the dreaded Monday, but fret not — today we celebrate Allen Ginsberg‘s “A Supermarket in California”.

Our round-up for today:

For everything-under-the-sun-Ginsberg, check out the Allen Ginsberg Project.

A phenomenal Ginsberg interview in the Paris Review: “Allen Ginsberg, The Art of Poetry No.8.”

Here’s an excerpt from Sean Wilentz’s novel featured in The New Yorker: “Bob Dylan, the Beat Generation, and Allen Ginsberg’s America.” 

The History Channel hosts an audio interview of Ginsberg’s regarding the term “Beat Generation”: “Allen Ginsberg on the Best Generation.”

For the big finale, Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” from the Poetry Foundation: “A Supermarket in California”.

August 23: Seamus Heaney

August 23: Seamus Heaney's "Digging" | Daily Literary Quotes from Literary Cobblestones
August 23: Seamus Heaney’s “Digging” | Daily Literary Quotes from Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today we celebrate the work of the Irish poet and Noble Prize winner Seamus Heaney. Heaney is one of my favorite poets because I can enjoy him just as much when I’m reading him purely for entertainment/leisure as I do when I’m studying him on an academic level.

Here’s the goodies for today:

As per usual, a fantastic interview from the Paris Review: “Seamus Heaney, The Art of Poetry No.75.”

A digital copy of Heaney’s “Digging” from the Poetry Foundation, which includes an audio version: “Digging”.

When Heaney passed in 2013, the Wall Street Journal published a video of Heaney reading “Digging” at Villanova University in 2010: “Seamus Heaney Reads His Poem ‘Digging’ “. 

Heaney was also a big fan of “Beowulf”, so much so that he actually wrote his own translation of the epic poem. Norton has actually published the forward from Heaney’s translation, also by Heaney, on their website to view for free: “Seamus Heaney on ‘Beowulf’ “. 

There are two things that always seem to creep up on the Literary Cobblestone posts: 1. An interview from the Paris Review; and 2. A morbid fact or article.

Today’s slightly morbid, but kind of heartwarming, article is a more recent event – his headstone. This past month, Heaney’s headstone was finally revealed: “Seamus Heaney: Headstone for poet’s grave unveiled.

The weekend is over, but the books still need to be read.

Good day.