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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2023

Question Charo's very interesting question about the difference between nouvelle and conte in La Fontaine is well worth researching. Alas, I haven't yet gotten my paws on a copy of the book she links ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2017

I'm also nominating Rand al'Thor's answer to the question When did the Rupert Bear stories start repeating themselves? because the exhaustive analysis it is based on: an examination of the "raw data ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2017

There are a few particular users I'd like to give recognition to for their excellent answers this quarter. Experts in specific works of literature DVK was our resident expert for April's topic ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2018

I was impressed by: Torisuda's answer to "Does the description of Eustace's parents (in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis) fit some known stereotype?" Spagirl's answer to "What did John ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2022

Just within the time-frame (11th of October) I'd like to nominate a very nice three-way collaboration: Trying to find a poem called "The Boaster". The quest began with Rand al'Thor finding a ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2024

I'd like to highlight some impressive story identification from Ayshe, who managed to track down some obscure references from some very scanty information. Chief among these are A children's book with ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2017

The first good answer I think of from the first quarter of 2017 is Gallifreyan's answer to one of my earliest questions on Literature (Does Dr. Manhattan have free will?). It clearly and definitively ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2017

Shameless plug: my answer to the question 'How many of Shakespeare's words in his plays were new?'. According to a comment on the answer, it is "well researched" and "even helped to define the scope ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2018

I nominate Gareth Rees' answer to the question How does the editor know that seven lines are missing from Wordsworth's Home at Grasmere?. It is a very well researched answer that looks at the poem's ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2018

I particularly appreciated: Fabjada’s well-argued and referenced essays on Liza-Lu and the anti-Tess position with respect to Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. kimchi lover’s diligent ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2017

We had some new users starting to contribute to the site in the 4th quarter of 2017 who provided some really good and well-researched answers (and questions too, in some cases). I'm listing some of ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2023

Questions I thought Seeming contradiction in 'Absurdity and Suicide' (The Myth of Sisyphus) was a very careful question, honing in on two passages that are hard to reconcile in an already ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2024

I'd like to nominate the question What is the significance of counting up to twelve in “Keeping Quiet”, and verbose's answer to this question. Here, archthegreat (the OP) and verbose have discovered ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 2nd Quarter of 2019

I'm sure I will find more Questions and Answers that I want to add, but I thought I would get the ball rolling with a shout-out for @GarethRees' answer to What does Forster mean by “Suspicion in the ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2020

Assuming that 2020 Q1 answers to earlier questions are acceptable, I would like to nominate Tsundoku's efforts in the epic-of-gilgamesh tag. Starting some time after our not-especially-successful Oct-...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2019

I nominate Verbose's answer to the question Origin of symbolic interpretation of Prospero's breaking of his staff?. Instead of simply writing that it was Edward Dowden and adding a relevant quote, the ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2019

I appreciated: Wrzlprmft’s summary of the confusing ending of The Scar by China Miéville. verbose’s historical account of the interpretation of Prospero breaking his staff in Shakespeare’s The ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2019

Sorry to blow my own trumpet, but I put a lot of effort into my answer here: Was Harry Potter the first magic series to use wands? The question itself seems a bit silly, but in answering it I went to ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2019

It takes some bravery to commit to an interpretation of a difficult passage, so I appreciated Spagirl's elucidation of a passage dense with symbolism from William Golding's Lord of the Flies.
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2019

I particularly liked Spagirl's komprehensive klarifikation of Krazy Kat's klassikal references, which when fully explained turned out not to be entirely classical after all.
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2021

I enjoyed these two answers because the writers put in a lot of research to answer the difficult questions asked: bobble's painstakingly detailed answer to Randal'Thor's question "How long does ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2021

I really enjoyed (and learned a lot from) answering How long has Kalevipoeg been considered the Estonian national epic? This question is a lot more interesting than it may seem: the answer is not just ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2022

Charo contributed a few answers about medieval Italian literature, e.g. to the question Why the phrasing "where the sun is silent" in Dante's "Inferno"? and to the question ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2022

This was going to be an "excellent new user" answer, but then I realised that her previous posts were in 2021. Anyway, Alice posted a great answer to What's the term for multiple levels ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2023

Answers that impressed me by their length and depth of research into a topic: Gareth Rees's answer to How did Dante know so much about geography and astronomy in his Purgatorio? which explores in ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 3rd Quarter of 2023

Peter Shor's question, What evidence do we have that, after her death, Christina Rossetti's brother destroyed some of her poems before he published the rest? is excellent and makes for interesting ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 4th Quarter of 2023

There are two answers of Gareth that involve disentangling games of whispers that I find absolutely amazing. The first one is his answer to the question "There is only one thing that I dread: not ...
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Best Questions & Answers from 1st Quarter of 2024

Question and Answer For both question and answer, I'd like to nominate Is Chain Rhyme an ambiguous term? Or are Chain Rhyme and Chain Verse different things?. Malady's question usefully asks about two ...
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