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  • Andrea Frost
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  • Andrea Frost
30 Apr 2018

People have long turned to myriad sources as consolation for the thorny task of being human. From poetry and painting to music and sculpture, the arts are filled with expressions of humanity to soften misfortune and comfort the suffering. Literature is similarly sympathetic; what is the western canon but a catalogue of accounts of what it…