April 1, 2001

Acceptance Speech*

By William Butler Yeats

Prior to William Butler Yeats’s speech accepting the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature, Einar Lönnberg, president of the Academy of Sciences, addressed the Irish writer: “Mr. Yeats: A worthier tongue […]

April 1, 2001


By Wislawa Szymborska, translated by Vuyelwa Carlin

From the Polish.     They existed—or not— on an island, or no-island: sea, or no-sea, swallowed them up—or not.   Was there anyone to love? anyone to fight? Everything […]

April 1, 2001


By Samuel Beckett

And the number was uneven In the green of holy Stephen Where before the ass the cart Was harnessed for a foreign part. In this should not be seen the […]

April 1, 2001

W. B. Yeats

By Dennis Haskell

When awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, W. B. Yeats, the Irish poet, playwright, essayist, mystic, and cultural activist, spoke from notes, but on his return to Ireland […]

April 1, 2001

54 University Avenue, Yangon

By Amitav Ghosh

Aung San Suu Kyi’s childhood home is a dilapidated, once-handsome bungalow that looks out on Rangoon’s Inya Lake—a picturesque tretch of water whose surface is dotted with water lilies and […]