These lists just keep getting longer! Per usual for this time of year, here’s a list of classic literary paraphernalia that was released or rediscovered for the first time this year. I’ve tried to make it as complete as possible, but if you know of any other previously “lost” works that were found or published this year, let me know in the comments.
By now, you’ve probably heard about Jill Bialosky’s memoir Poetry Will Save Your Life, for which she “borrowed” paragraphs from several other sources. By far, the best take on this whole debacle has come from Talya Zax at Forward. (HT: A. M. Juster) “Poetry is another level of complexity—communities creating a higher level of meaningContinue reading “Bookish Links — October 2017”
Don’t look now, but Cormac McCarthy might finally be publishing his long-awaited novel The Passenger. Before they were married, poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning kept up a long, lively correspondence. Here, Elisabeth Grace Foley of The Second Sentence has compiled a few of the more interesting snippets of those conversations. I once heard an oddContinue reading “Bookish Links — August 2015”
This is getting ridiculous—it seems Mark Twain is the latest author to have some of his lost works resurface. After six authors announced their intention to boycott PEN America’s gala dinner honoring the staff of Charlie Hebdo, Salman Rushdie—never one to be shy about airing his opinions—had some words for them. More from the insaneContinue reading “Bookish Links — May 2015”
The first Bookish Links post of 2015! Anyway . . . Because I love author backstories, I’m going to post this link to an article by Neil Gaiman about his childhood quest to secure a Christmas tree for his (Orthodox Jewish) family. Recently, The Paris Review published one of the last pieces Ray Bradbury workedContinue reading “Bookish Links – January 2015”
You may recall last December when I posted my intention to read the works of Flannery O’Connor in the days to come. I decided that she was worth a shot after hearing everyone–from college professors to miscellaneous bloggers–tout her as one of the greatest authors in the world. Having read three of her stories, it’sContinue reading “I Tried, Flannery. I Really Tried”
1: Victor Hugo Unlike a lot of classic lit. fans, I am not overly infatuated with Les Misérables. I started to read it, but only read a small portion of the book and I haven’t made it through the musical yet. But when I needed someContinue reading “9 Authors Whose Books I Want to Try”