Thursday, June 30, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Miles Franklin Award-is an annual literary prize for the best Australian ‘published novel or play portraying Australian life in any of its phases’. The award was set up according to the will of Miles Franklin (1879–1954), who is best known for writing the Australian classic My Brilliant Career (published in 1901) and for bequeathing her estate to fund this award. As of 2011[update], the award is valued A$50,000.



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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Self-help author convicted of negligent homicide

(AP) — A self-help guru was found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide Wednesday in a case that shined a spotlight on a deadly Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that ended in chaos, with participants vomiting, shaking and being dragged outside.


James Arthur Ray looks at the jury as the verdict is read in the courtroom of Judge Warren R. Darrow at Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde, Ariz., Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Ray, the self-help author who led a deadly sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona in 2009, was found guilty of three counts of negligent homicide. (AP Photo/Tom Tingle, Pool)

Jurors reached their verdict with remarkable swiftness: They took less than 10 hours to convict James Arthur Ray following a four-month trial that included hundreds of exhibits and countless hours of testimony.

The eight men and four women were given the option of convicting Ray of manslaughter but decided on the lesser charge instead. He faces a sentence ranging from probation to nearly 12 years in prison.

Ray fought back emotion as the verdict was read. His parents and brother sat behind him, while victims' friends and family members held hands and looked on from across the courtroom.

Prosecutors asked that Ray be taken into custody immediately, but the judge denied their request.

More than 50 people participated in the October 2009 sweat lodge that was meant to be the highlight of Ray's five-day "Spiritual Warrior" seminar near Sedona.

Three people died following the sauna-like ceremony aimed at providing spiritual cleansing. Eighteen people were hospitalized, while several others were given water to cool down at the scene.


Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagreed over whether the deaths and illnesses were caused by heat or unknown toxins. Ray's attorneys have maintained they were a tragic accident. Prosecutors argued Ray recklessly caused the fatalities.

Ray used the sweat lodge as a way for participants to break through whatever was holding them back in life. He warned participants in a recording of the event played during the trial that the sweat lodge would be "hellacious" and that participants were guaranteed to feel like they were dying but would do so only metaphorically.

"The true spiritual warrior has conquered death and therefore has no fear or enemies in this lifetime or the next, because the greatest fear you'll ever experience is the fear of what? Death," Ray said in the recording. "You will have to get a point to where you surrender and it's OK to die."

Witnesses have described the scene following the two-hour sweat lodge ceremony as alarming and chaotic, with people vomiting and shaking violently, while others dragged "lifeless" and "barely breathing" participants outside. Volunteers performed CPR.

More than 20 people were transported to hospitals. Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee died upon arrival. Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., slipped into a coma and died more than a week later.

In court Wednesday, members of Neuman's family and a friend of Brown held hands and smiled when the verdict was read.

"Justice was served in there," Neuman's ex-husband, Randy Neuman, said later.

Mika Cutler, who Brown visited in Moab, Utah, the week before the ceremony, said: "There was not a moment in my mind that I didn't think he (Ray) was responsible for this tragedy."

Ray quickly left the courtroom with his family after the hearing, saying "No, not at this time" when asked if he had any comment.

Ray's attorneys maintained the deaths were nothing but a tragic accident, and said Ray took all the necessary precautions to ensure participants' safety. They contend authorities botched the investigation and failed to consider that toxins or poisons contributed to the deaths and called two witnesses to support that argument.

Prosecutors relied heavily on Ray's own words to try to convince the jury that he was responsible for the deaths. They said a reasonable person would have stopped the "abomination of a sweat lodge" when participants began exhibiting signs of distress about halfway through the ceremony.

Sweat lodges typically are used by American Indians to rid the body of toxins by pouring water over heated rocks in the structure.

Prosecutors have lined up nine witnesses to testify at a hearing next week that will determine whether any aggravating circumstances factor into Ray's sentencing. The circumstances include Ray's position of trust with the defendants, and any emotional or financial suffering by the victims' families, according to documents filed by prosecutors.

Ray became a self-help superstar by using his charismatic personality and convincing people his words would lead them to spiritual and financial wealth. He used free talks to recruit people to expensive seminars like the Sedona retreat that led to the sweat lodge tragedy. Participants paid up to $10,000 for the five-day program intended to push people beyond their physical and emotional limits.

Ray's popularity soared after appearing in the 2006 Rhonda Byrne documentary "The Secret," and Ray promoted it on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live."

But his multimillion-dollar self-help empire was thrown into turmoil with the sweat lodge deaths. Ray ended his seminars shortly after but has continued to offer advice throughout his trial via the Internet and social networking sites.




 

Friday, June 24, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Jean Devanny-was an Australian writer and Communist. Born in Ferntown, New Zealand, she migrated to Australia in 1929, eventually moving to Townsville in northern Queensland, where she died at the age of 68.

She is best known for the novels Sugar Heaven and The Butcher Shop, but she also wrote short stories and political papers.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rowling set to unveil new Harry Potter venture

(Reuters) – Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling will unveil her latest venture involving the boy wizard Thursday, ending fevered speculation among fans about what comes next.

British author J.K. Rowling poses as she arrives for the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" in London

Having announced a new website (www.pottermore.com), the British author has kept its contents a closely guarded secret, giving previews to just a handful of the biggest fan sites who have been sworn to silence.

All will be revealed Thursday, with a countdown clock linked to the website indicating that it will go live at noon London time (7 a.m. ET).

"The owls are gathering ... Find out why soon" is all the link says.

What many Potter fans would like most would be an eighth novel to follow on from the seventh and "final" installment "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" published in 2007.

But Rowling's publicist has already made clear that it would not involve a new book.

The seven-novel series has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, and, along with the blockbuster movie franchise, turned Rowling into the world's wealthiest writer.

Other options on the website include a social networking fan site, an online game or the launch of the novels as ebooks.

The announcement comes just a few weeks ahead of the theatrical release on July 15 of the eighth and final Harry Potter film which will be shown in 3D. The seven movies released so far have grossed $6.4 billion in ticket sales..

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Purple Prose-is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.

When it is limited to certain passages, they may be termed purple patches or purple passages; these are often noted as standing out from the rest of the work.

The term purple patch is also used in a more general, and more unequivocally positive, sense to refer to a period of outstanding achievement. This usage is particularly common in sporting contexts in some countries; for example, a footballer who had scored in six successive games might be said to be "enjoying a purple patch".


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Saturday, June 18, 2011

New comic book to tell Martha Stewart's life story

(AP) Martha Stewart's media aspirations just got bigger: Meet Martha Stewart, comic-book heroine.

This image provided by Bluewater Productions Inc. shows the cover of a comic book. Martha Stewart is truly omnipresent now.  Already known for her TV

The woman who created her own media empire — television, magazines and more — is getting a biographical treatment in her own comic book next month.

"Female Force: Martha Stewart," a one-shot issue from Bluewater Productions Inc. to be sold in comic book shops, bookstores and online, will focus on how Stewart rose to become of the nation's best-known purveyors of home decor, cooking and confident but practical living.

It's the latest in a line of titles from the Vancouver, Wash.-based publisher, with previous subjects in the "Female Force" family of titles focusing on Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michelle Obama, Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher, among others.

Publisher Darren G. Davis said the comic, written by C.W. Cooke, will look at all sides of Stewart, including her rapport with fans as well as her conviction on insider trading.

"Our goal is to show the behind-the scenes machinations — many of them ignored by the mainstream media — that resulted in Martha Stewart becoming the phenomenon she is," he said.

A comic book, he said, was the perfect way to do that.

"A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without losing any of the information involved," Davis said.

Cooke said he wrote the issue because Stewart embodies the "American Dream" and "sounds like a superhero," too.

"I am writing Martha Stewart as both icon and from a perspective of someone who might see her as callous, calculating and scheming," he said.

Cooke notes that in addition to being a businesswoman, entrepreneur and famous brand name, Stewart has been a model and a small business owner.

"She's been to jail and she's come out unscathed," he said. "She sounds like a superhero, but really, Martha is an amazing human being and I hope readers love learning about her as much as I did."

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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C.J. Calett-a (pen name) for an American Author who has authored the "Bitchitude Series." Her books include: "Beware Of My Bitchitude: Being Bitchy Is A Hot Mess", and "Beware Of My Bitchitude: More Bitchitude For The Bitch's Soul."

She is currently working on more additions to the "Bitchitude Series."


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Heavy downloads for `Go the (Bleep)' audiobook

(AP) The world just can't get enough of Samuel L. Jackson and four-letter words.



A free version of the actor's cussing audio of the best-selling "Go the (Bleep) to Sleep" has been downloaded 160,000 times since becoming available two days ago, audio publisher Audible Inc. announced Thursday.

It's a huge number for audiobooks, but not a record. The final Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," sold more than 200,000 audio copies during its first 48 hours.

The hardcover of "Go the (Bleep) to Sleep," Adam Mansbach's adults-only bedtime lament, officially went on sale this week. It was No. 1 on Amazon as of midday Thursday.

BITCHITUDE SERIES BY AUTHOR C.J. CALETT! A Hot Seller!

BEWARE OF MY BITCHITUDE

"Diva's Nation" (http://www.divasnation.blogspot.com/) Congrats to author C.J. Calett for so far creating an interesting series; "Beware Of My Bitchitude!"

The ebooks are hot sellers over in the UK!

The series talks about all women who embody this "bitchitude" attitude. It's amazing how she seems to touch on all walks of life and women from many different backgrounds.

To find out more about this series check out the books so far: "BEWARE OF MY BITCHIUDE: Being Bitchy Is A Hot Mess", and "BEWARE OF MY BITCHITUDE: More Bitchitude For The Bitch's Soul."

Watch out for another installment coming your way soon.

Both are available at amazon.com now!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Patrick White-an Australian author, is widely regarded as an important English-language novelist of the 20th century. From 1935 until his death, he published 12 novels, two short-story collections and eight plays.

White's fiction freely employs shifting narrative vantage points and a stream of consciousness technique. In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature—the only Australian to have been awarded the prize. The Vivisector was shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010.



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Monday, June 13, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Dymphna Cusack-was an Australian author. Cusack wrote twelve novels (two of which were collaborations), seven plays, three travel books, two children's books and one non-fiction book. Her collaborative novels were Pioneers on Parade (1939) with Miles Franklin, and Come In Spinner (1951) with Florence James.


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jennifer Hudson writing book about weight loss

(Hollywood Reporter) – Add author to Jennifer Hudson's resume.

The Academy Award-winning actress and singer has inked a deal with Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group, to pen a memoir detailing her struggles with weight. The still-untitled book, due in January 2012, will also expand on how she shed 80 lbs (36 kg)



Hudson has had her share of weight issues. Dubbed "the big girl" as a contestant on season 3 of "American Idol," she transformed her body for her Oscar-winning turn as Effie in "Dreamgirls" by gaining more than 20 lbs (9 kg). She signed on as a Weight Watchers spokeswoman last year and has since gone from a size 16 to a svelte size 6.

"I'm in the best shape of my life!" she recently gushed to People. Still, she admitted, "In my head, I am still the same weight I was before, It takes a while to get used to it." But one thing is certain. Said Hudson, "This is the way I want to be and the way I want to stay!"

Hudson released her second album, "I Remember Me," in March. The set has sold 338,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


*Awesome* We are glad she's doing it!

Serbian-US writer Obreht scoops literary prize

(AFP) – Serbian-American author Tea Obreht became the youngest ever winner of Britain's prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel The Tiger's Wife.

The 25-year-old, born in Belgrade, accepted the £30,000 ($49,100, 33,700 euros) prize at a ceremony at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Serbian-US writer Obreht scoops literary prize

"It is a tremendous honour," the author said after picking up the award. "I was stunned and I did not expect it and I did not prepare anything. I'm really still not processing it."

The Tiger's Wife, Obreht's debut novel, tells the story of a young doctor inspired by her grandfather's stories to embark on a journey through the war-torn nations of the former Yugoslavia.

Obreht, who now lives in the US, said she hoped the novel painted a "fairer picture" of the Balkan war.

"I'm really happy that it will be translated into Serbo-Croatian which means my grandmother, who does not speak any English and has never read any of my books will be able to read it."

The Orange award is presented annually to a female author for the best novel written in English. Previous winners include Lionel Shriver and Zadie Smith.

Historian Bettany Hughes, who chaired the four-woman judges panel, said Obreht was "a truly exciting new talent".

"This is a fiction prize and what this book does is celebrate the power of storytelling," she added.

Obreht left Belgrade in 1992 when the region descended into civil war and moved to the United States in 1997.

500-year-old book for sale in Utah for $35K

(AP) A partial copy of a 500-year-old book considered one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated works of the 15th century is now on sale for $35,000 at a rare book shop in Utah.

FILE - In this photo taken April 23, 2011, a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle published in 1493 is displayed at Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake Cit

Book dealer Ken Sanders was shocked back in April when while volunteering at a fundraiser for a small town museum in Sandy, just south of Salt Lake City, a man arrived with the unusual find pulled from his attic. It had been gathering dust for decades.

"There was just something almost dreamlike, something surreal about a five-century-old book being found here," said Sanders, who appraises items for PBS's Antiques Roadshow and owns Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City.

The German language edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, printed by Anton Koberger and published in 1493, is a world history beginning in biblical times. It is believed there are several hundred copies in circulation worldwide, making it not-so-rare of a find, especially with about two-thirds of its pages missing from its tattered binding.

Still, to a book collector, it's a genuine must-have, said Heather O'Donnell, a book seller at Bauman Rare Books in New York City.

"It's an incredibly exciting book. Every page is visibly beautiful. Even a single page of a Nuremberg Chronicle has genuine value," O'Donnell said. "It's a landmark of printing ... There's always more buyers than copies available."

Bauman's store sold a complete copy with hand-colored illustrations for more than $300,000 in 2006.

"It was a stunning book, really incredible," O'Donnell said.

She said $35,000 was a fair price for Sander's book, given its condition, and she didn't think it would be difficult to sell, noting many collectors want it not because of its monetary value, but for its literary significance.

"They have a desire to own it and cherish it and preserve it for future generations," O'Donnell said. "They see it as a part of western civilization and want to pass it on."

The owner of Sander's book has declined to be identified, but said it was passed down to him by his great uncle and had just been gathering dust in his attic. He had no idea of its worth or historical significance.

Since publicizing the find in April, Sanders said he has received dozens of calls and emails from interested buyers.

"Hundreds and hundreds of people have come through the store wanting to see the book," he said. "We just don't handle a lot of five-century-old books here in Utah, and the public interest has just been phenomenal. It's still so exciting."

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 6/10/11

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

I Dislike-Dumbass Haters-Go Home (Charles I, NC)

Societal Hate-Fumes Fear-In People (Kate C, NY)

Love Me-Til Dawn-Forever Lover (Tiff J, WI)

*I'm Loved-By Me-By All (Literary Diva BTR)*

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QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Egon Erwin Kisch-was a Czechoslovak writer and journalist, who wrote in German. He was noted for his development of literary reportage and his opposition to Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

Kisch's work as a writer and communist journalist inspired Australian left wing intellectuals and writers such as Kathrine Susannah Prichard, E.I. Brady, Vance and Nettie Palmer and Louis Esson. This group formed the nucleus of what later became the Writers League drawing on the example of Egon Kisch’s own journalistic dedication to reportage.


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Friday, June 10, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Sumner Locke Elliott-was an Australian (later American) novelist. Elliott's best known novel, Careful, He Might Hear You, won the 1963 Miles Franklin Award and was turned into a film in 1983.

As a gay man during a time when this was socially problematic, Elliott was uncomfortable with his sexuality. He kept it secret until nearly the end of his life before coming out in his book Fairyland. Because of these fears, Elliott had affairs but never had any stable relationships.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Pernicious-causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie or evil or wicked.

Quote: "All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former - of the corruption of the will."  Alexander Herzen


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ALL THAT SWAGGER BY: Miles Franklin!







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The novel's hero, Irish immigrant Danny Delacy, is modelled upon Miles Franklin's paternal grandfather, Joseph Franklin, and the exploits and adventures of four generations of Delacys on the land around the headwaters of the Murrumbidgee River follow roughly the fortunes of the Franklin family from 1833 to 1933. 'Fearless Danny's' story begins in 1833 by the Shannon in County Clare when he and his Johanna elope and take ship for the Antipodes. In Sydney, discovering that land grants had ceased in 1831, Danny sets out as a hired man for Bandalong, one of the most remote stations, far beyond the already-populated Goulburn plains, past Lake George, Gounderu (Gundaroo) and the Limestone Plains. Always the mountains further south beckon Danny 'as the Lorelei', so after a spell of hired labour to accumulate fifty head of cattle and a dozen horses he finally makes his way to a valley that the Aborigines call Burrabinga. As the seasons pass, the station, Burrabinga, is carved out of virgin land and Johanna produces sons and daughters who go to school in Sydney and become the second Delacy generation. Significant Australian events dot the narrative, conveying a sense of historical continuity - the gold rushes, the Robertson and Duffy Land Acts, free selection, self-government, the Boer War. From its cohesive opening the narrative falls away (especially after the first generation) into a discursive series of episodes and events, broken only by the favourite Miles Franklin device of 'possuming' or yarning - meandering, conversational reflections on the rapidly changing scene. Generations merge, each leaving its imprint on the others. Themes become interwoven, the focus of attention shifting easily from one to another. The novel's canvas becomes crowded with more and more participants as the century gradually moves to its ending in the modern day (1933) when the fourth generation Brian Delacy, aviator, lifting his plane into the Murrumbidgee sky, glimpses in his mind's eye 'the spectral forms of bullock transport and receding Delacys moving against ancient unfamiliar apparitions on the palimpsest of Time'.


*This book is a must read! It shows how generations can be caught up in living life that's much more full of this is and that than what their parents had.  Note the characers in each generation as they move away the normal way of life into and into a life of having more and being more.  Get this book today and see why we here at Diva's House of Literary Coffee really love this story.*

ALL THAT SWAGGER BY: Miles Franklin!

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Miles Franklin-was an Australian writer and feminist who is best known for her autobiographical novel, My Brilliant Career, published in 1901. While she wrote throughout her life, her other major literary success, All That Swagger, was not published until 1936.

She was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and she actively pursued this goal by supporting writers, literary journals, and writers' organisations. She has had a long-lasting impact on Australian literary life through her endowment of a major literary award known as the Miles Franklin Award.



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Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Age of Enlightenment-(or simply the Enlightenment) is the era in Western Philosophy, intellectual, scientific and cultural life, centered upon the 18th century, in which reason was advocated as the primary source for ligitimacy and authority It is also known as the Age of Reason.

The "Enlightenment" was not a single movement or school of thought, for these philosophies were often mutually contradictory or divergent. The Enlightenment was less a set of ideas than it was a set of values. At its core was a critical questioning of traditional institutions, customs, and morals, and a strong belief in rationality and science. Thus, there was still a considerable degree of similarity between competing philosophies. Some historians also include the late 17th century as part of the Enlightenment. Modernity, by contrast, is used to refer to the period after The Enlightenment; albeit generally emphasizing social conditions rather than specific philosophies.


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