Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre. Charles Dickens: Hard Times. Albert Camus: The Stranger. George Orwell: Animal Farm. Ernest Hemingway: Farewell to Arms. Mark Twain: Life on the Mississippi. Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express. The Bible: Book of Ruth. Henry James: Portrait of a Lady. Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina.
FIRST SENTENCES OF GREAT CLASSICS TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE! There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. Mr. Jones, of the Manor farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, […]
Jeconda Harris and David G. Thoele Park Ridge, Illinois, USA Poet’s statement: Jeconda Harris, my patient for 17 years, gave me a collection of her poetry and expressed her desire to have it published. Regretfully, this did not happen within her lifetime, but, with her mother Barbara’s consent, her wish has finally come true. “Life’s […]
George Dunea Chicago, Illinois, USA Jane Austen Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas at Austin Jane Austen began working on Sanditon in January of 1817, completing only 2,600 words before she died six months later—probably from adrenal failure (Addison’s disease) caused by tuberculosis. The fragment was published in part in […]
Gordon L. Kauffman Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA Poet’s statement: While I was participating in a short-term surgical project to Malawi, a nutritionally depleted, malaria-ridden, young boy from Mozambique was brought to the hospital. His abdomen was distended and his abdominal examination revealed peritonitis. The only familiar face in the hospital was his mother’s. While preparing him […]
Jorge A. Lazareff, MD California, Los Angeles, USA Poet’s statement: I adhere to what W. S. Merwin once said, “poetry always begins and ends with listening.” And those represented in this poem are the ones who are rarely heard. Them The more there are, the less you like them. All those rowdy and teary beings […]
Michael Wynn Salem, Oregon, USA Poet’s statement: My medical writing is informed by my fascination with how humans accept and sometimes deny reality. Events of the day Tomorrow I will tell Mr. Smith, who is compulsively tidy, that he has Parkinson’s disease,and say “epilepsy” to Mr. Alexander, the 27-year-old trucker who might have to pull […]
Margaret Irene Baczewski Tucson, Arizona, United States (Fall 2011) People with mental illness are widely misunderstood by others. For my senior thesis project at the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design, I created a series of four wearable objects that served as cathartic aids to different psychological disorders. For every piece, I did […]