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Paper: Astronomy as an Episodic but Critical Element in Literature
Volume: 441, The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI
Page: 327
Authors: Sinclair, R. M.
Abstract: In many narratives, astronomical phenomena are the main themes that set the tone. However there are others in which astronomical references appear only briefly or fleetingly, yet can be all-important. These more subtle uses of astronomy can be quite varied. I will give four examples from history and the popular literature of the last few centuries, from the drama of the court room to the theater, where uses of astronomy at critical points determine the course of the story.
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