Welcome to Bookmarker!

This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading.

Source code on GitHub (MIT license).

a category of writing derived from the French phrase meaning "beautiful" or "fine" writing; includes all literary works—especially fiction, poetry, drama, or essays—valued for their aesthetic qualities and originality of style and tone

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belles lettres



In the course of a life dedicated to belles-lettres and, occasionally, to the perplexities of metaphysics, I have glimpsed or foreseen a refutation of time

—p.45 A New Refutation of Time (44) by Jorge Luis Borges
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books like these are belles lettres, literature, for which the audience is, again, usually small and rather specialized

—p.216 Rhetoric and the Math Melodrama (209) by David Foster Wallace
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That is surely why it has no regard for belles-lettres.

—p.114 Golem XIV: Foreword (99) by Stanisław Lem
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The term 'fine writing', or belles lettres, is in this sense ambiguous: it denotes a sort of writing which is generally highly regarded, while not necessarily committing you to the opinion that a particular specimen of it is 'good'.

—p.10 Introduction: What is Literature? (1) by Terry Eagleton
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