"My English degree is the foundation of my career. If you can write, you can do anything."
~ Jimmy Daly
"My professors taught me how to think creatively, read analytically and write persuasively. "
~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My studies provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I became an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
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~ Wallace McKelvey
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~ Matt O'Donnell
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~ Sara Linton
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~ Kelly Emery
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~ Danielle Allen
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~ Melissa Paparozzi
Krauss, The History of Love
How the survival of love itself, across decades and catastrophe, is
sufficient to keep the heart vividly alive.
Carlos Williams, "This is Just to Say"
Only someone still in love would leave that note about those succulent
8. Jane Austen,
Pride and Prejudice
You might read this romantic classic to be reminded that "we are all
fools in love"--but as you read, you might discover the deeper truth of this
novel: "I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve."
7. Walt Whitman's
Among the most sensual and beautiful poems about love for and between
men ever written.
6. Leo Tolstoy,
As with other novels on our list, this one doesn't exactly have a
romantic ending, but it is an incredibly intricate study of the human heart.
5. Zora Neale
Hursten, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Sometimes the search for love involves false starts, sometimes even
false starts that feel true, before finally leading to the person you must love
before you can love anyone else: yourself.
Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
Some among us believe this to be "the greatest love story in English." Don't believe us? Read it.
Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
Possibly the most joyous, full-of-longing, erotic, and witty collection
of love poems ever published.
Dickinson, "I cannot live with you"
Toni Morrison has observed that "thin love ain't love at all." Emily Dickinson would agree. This poem is not for the feint of heart or
for casual lovers.
Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
A true story from our faculty: Years ago, a boy and girl fell in
love. Being young, they managed to
stumble out of the relationship--and they were separated for 40 years. This book helped them find each other again.
Bonus--for those who dial their love to 11:
The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett
Letters are, some say, a lost art.
Rediscover that art with one of the great love stories of all time.
Ohran Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
One of our faculty members believes this to be "one of the great novels
of the 20th century." "What other novel,"
he asks, "has its own museum dedicated to the romantic obsession of its
protagonist?" (It's in Istanbul, if you're
curious). He reports, though, that his
significant other "read thirty pages, tossed it aside and said, ‘Enough of this
male fantasy.'" You decide who's right.
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