Monthly Archives: July 2014

Alexis Manos Wins the ALSCW’s Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Award

Alexis Manos of Potomac, MD, a senior at the National Cathedral School, Washington, DC, has won the ALSCW’s Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Award for 2014, with her essay “The Use of Contrapasso in the Inferno”. The Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest was judged by Lee Oser and Helaine Smith. Alexis Manos will receive $1500, and her award-winning composition will be published in an upcoming issue of Literary Matters.

Alexis (Lexy) Manos is a high school senior at the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC. Lexy is passionate about literature and critical analysis. She plans on majoring in English in college and hopes to do further research around Dante Alighieri, her favorite author. In high school, she has been a two-time Gold winner in the National Spanish exam as well as editor for the school newspaper the Discus. Lexy balances her English focus with AP and accelerated courses in physics and mathematics. She is President of the Finance Club at school and an active debater in the Government Club.

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Three Talks by Christopher Ricks This Fall in Manhattan

Literature & All the Other Activities
Three Talks by Christopher Ricks


T. S. Eliot: “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.”


October 1  More than One Waste Land
October 8  The strength to force the moment to its crisis: Thomas Hardy and George Eliot
October 22  Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny

Christopher Ricks is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, of which he was president (2007-2008). Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University and Warren Professor of the Humanities, he was formerly a professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009. His Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities were published by Yale in 2010 as True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound. With Lisa Nemrow and Julie Nemrow, he has edited Bob Dylan, The Lyrics: Since 1962 (to be published by Simon & Schuster in November this year), and with Jim McCue The Poems of T. S. Eliot (two vols., Faber & Faber, 2015).

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