Category Archives: Literary History

Monday Miscellany

THE STARS OF THESE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS SWEAR, STRUGGLE, AND GENERALLY ACT LIKE REAL TEENS In the new novel Aspen by Rebekah Crane, the teenage title character is an awkward, artsy kid who gets into a car accident that kills … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Death of Maya Angelou The biggest story of the literary world this past week has been the death of Maya Angelou at age 86. The coverage has been extensive, but here are a few stories I’ve chosen as providing a … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

When the Water’s Too Cold, Something Else to Dive Into: A Critic’s Survey of Summer Books As for this summer’s brand-new reading, if there’s one overriding motif, it’s this: the crazier, the better. Here’s a whole long list of recommended summer … Continue reading

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Hunt on to find Cervantes — Spain’s great writer Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died broke in Madrid, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no … Continue reading

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“The World Within”: Introduction

  The World Within: Fiction Illuminating Neuroses of Our Time Edited by Mary Louise Aswell Notes and Introduction by Frederic Wertham, M.D. New York: Whittlesey House, 1947   The World Within was one of the first literary collections assembled to … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Literary legacy contributes to sense of community Here’s an article about one of the most famous authors you’ve probably never heard of: Harold Bell Wright was among the most popular American authors of his time, penning 19 novels — with … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

Top 10 books about missing persons Top-notch mystery writer Laura Lippman discusses “the 10 best books about mysterious disappearances”: And while most missing person stories centre on those left behind, the “disappeared” have their stories to tell as well. These … Continue reading

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Mary Cheever, a Central Figure in a Literary Family, Dies at 95 – NYTimes.com

Mary Cheever, a Central Figure in a Literary Family, Dies at 95 – NYTimes.com Mary Cheever, a central figure in a family of prominent American writers whose most notable member was her husband, John, with whom she had a relationship … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

The Conclusion of Women’s History Month As Women’s History month ends, here are two commemorative lists: 14 Totally Badass Female Authors Though many truly badass women authors are alive and working today, their stories aren’t yet finished. So as Women’s … Continue reading

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Harlan Coben: By the Book This week’s New York Times‘s Sunday Book Review includes an interview with one of my favorite thriller authors, Harlan Coben. Related Posts: Harlan Coben in St. Louis: Part I Harlan Coben in St. Louis: Part … Continue reading

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