Opening Lines: Where Great Books Begin…Averno

This is the moment when you see again the red berries of the mountain ash and in the dark sky the birds’ night migrations. It grieves me to think the dead won’t see them– these things we depend on they disappear. From “Averno” by Louise Glück In 1943, Louise Glück was born in New York […]

Opening Lines: Where Great Books Begin…The Wasteland

“April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.” From “The Waste Land” T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in Missouri on September 26, 1888. He lived in St. Louis during the first eighteen years of his life and attended […]