The Murder of a Buttercup

“The Murder of a Buttercup,” an Expressionist short story originally written in German, is one of Alfred Döblin’s earlier works.  Entitled “Die Ermordung einer Butterblume” in its original language, the story follows the actions of a store owner as he is haunted by the memory of a buttercup he destroyed one evening while walking in… Continue Reading The Murder of a Buttercup

Howards End

The major novel of E.M. Forster’s early period, Howards End (1910), describes the encounter between the commercial Wilcox family and the intellectual Schlegels, representatives of the competing attitudes of the Edwardian upper classes towards modernity and social convention. The victims of their encounter, the impoverished Leonard and Jackie Bast, are both crushed under the wheel… Continue Reading Howards End