1. John Wells: A long kolego. In: Times Literary Supplement (Times, London: February 6, 2009): 2 page review.
Click to see as PDF (1.5 MB).
2. Sir Peter Stothard (editor of the Times Literary Supplement) on February 12, 2009, on ABC Radio National,
about Sutton's encyclopedia and Esperanto in general.
Click to listen in or right-click to download (mp3 - 4MB).
Original (complete show) at: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/bookshow/stories/2009/2489339.htm.
a preface by Dr. Humphrey Tonkin, Professor of the Humanities and
President Emeritus at the University of Hartford, Connecticut
a general introduction to Esperanto literature, its history, evolution
and modern development
individual introductions to the five periods of the literature
over 300 individual articles on the most important writers and
their work in chronological order, with biographies and critique
sample literary texts from some of the best original authors
an introduction to the language itself, its linguistic structure
and creative capabilities
extensive bibliographies and index
Esperanto is used on every continent as a neutral
second language by people who wish to practise
mutual respect for other cultures and not merely advocate it. It
has evolved naturally into a fully
developed literary language, whose acquisition nevertheless does not necessitate
the many years of
study required by an ethnic language.
Esperanto literature is created by writers from many countries who have
chosen to use it because
of its merits. It is, as yet, nearly always a labour of love that
is to say a product of culture. It is also
most fundamentally democratic a product of people, as opposed to
capital, power or national
prestige. More generally, the precise nature of Esperanto culture is still
debated. It is certain, however,
that it is unusually aware. In contrast to other contemporary cultures,
more likely to be acquainted with their poets, despite the lack of a state-financed
The beginnings of the philosophy behind Esperanto may be found in the
work of Descartes. This
philosophy is the concretization of an ideal that has been incubated by
enlightened people for
centuries: If all our mental processes and operations should be ruled
by reason, then the first field into
which we must introduce it is that means by which we express and interconnect
our thoughts, which is
language. (Gaston Waringhien).
Leibnitz continued the work of Descartes. At the end of a French-language
in Hanover Library in 1903, he wrote: When this project (of a universal
language) is realized, the
happiness of mankind will depend solely on themselves, because then they
will have a tool at their disposal
that will serve to increase their good sense as the telescope serves to
increase the capacity to see
Esperanto is a vernacular and literary medium that belongs equally to
all and to no one, used by
people who are universally bilingual or multilingual and generally support
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