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840: French Literature Before 1800 by Bradley and Michell

840.8: Michell, Robert Bell and Robert Foster Bradley, eds. French Literature Before 1800. New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1936. 493 pp.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 800: Literature
  • 840: French literature
  • 840.8: Collection of literary texts of French literature in more than one form

The history of French literature can trace its roots back to the Chansons de Roland about the brave and chivalrous life of Roland, knight of the court of Charlemagne. From there, poetry, drama, and novels evolved to showcase the philosophy of their respective eras. Classical forms gave way to more modern and progressive ways for expressing the human condition. Robert Michell and Robert Bradley’s French Literature Before 1800 is a volume intended to give the reader a major overview of the lives, techniques, themes, and philosophies of those who shaped the landscape of French up to the 19th century.

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821: Very Bad Poetry by Kathryn and Ross Petras

821.008: Petras, Kathryn and Ross Petras, eds. Very Bad Poetry. New York: Vintage Books, 1997. 123 pp. ISBN 0-679-77622-2.

Dewey Construction:

  • 800: Literature
  • 820: British literature
  • 821: British poetry
  • 821.008: Collections of British poetry by more than one author.

Almost everyone, at some time or another, has fancied themselves a poet. Millions of teenagers sulk in their bedrooms and call out histrionically to their muse so that they can profess their undying love, their unmitigated hatred, or their unending ennui with the universe. Adjective upon adjective and detail upon detail use up precious ink supplies as worn notebooks are filled with horrible verse.

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870: Roman Classics by Mary E. Snodgrass

870.9001: Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Roman Classics: Notes. Lincoln, NE: Cliffs Notes, Inc., 1988. 334 pp. ISBN 0-8220-1152-2.

Back in Dewey’s day, the classics were king. Every person of higher learning was expected to know the plays of Plautus and Juvenal’s satires. Politicians regularly pilfered from Cicero’s speeches. For this reason (and probably many more), the literatures of ancient Greece and Rome get their own divisions. Roman literature occupies the 870s, and books that combine many types and eras of Roman literature (general works and anthologies) float right to the top—870.

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