Literary History

The Internet vs. books: Peaceful coexistence

The Internet vs. books: Peaceful coexistence – Los Angeles Times: Books require a different sort of communion with one’s subject than the Internet. They foster a different sort of memory — more tactile, more participatory. . . . For literary works, books are still, and most likely always will be, indispensable. In the Los Angeles …

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“Promised Land” looks at books that shaped who we are

Books | “Promised Land” looks at books that shaped who we are | Seattle Times Newspaper: Some books are so well-known that almost no one actually reads them. They have had so much influence that we ‘know’ them merely by living in the world they have helped create. And yet, as the distinguished poet, novelist …

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A whale of a debate over ‘Moby Dick’

A whale of a debate over ‘Moby Dick’ | csmonitor.com: Please, spare us any more giant mammal jokes! Here in Massachusetts we’ve had to listen to every possible commentator refer to it as a ‘whale of a debate,’ but, after a lively discussion in our state House of Representatives we are now a step closer …

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Going Down the Road – In a Town Apart, the Pride and Trials of Black Life

Going Down the Road – In a Town Apart, the Pride and Trials of Black Life – Series – NYTimes.com: Eatonville, the first all-black town to incorporate in the country and the childhood home of Zora Neale Hurston, is no longer as simple as she described it in 1935: ‘the city of five lakes, three …

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Just in time: Banned Books Week | csmonitor.com

Just in time: Banned Books Week | csmonitor.com: Given the recent public scuffle over Sarah Palin’s conversations while mayor with a Wasilla librarian about the possibility of banning books, there probably couldn’t be a better moment for the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, which begins tomorrw, Sept. 27, and runs through Oct. 4.

Update – Hartford – Writers Unite to Keep Twain House Afloat

Update – Hartford – Writers Unite to Keep Twain House Afloat – NYTimes.com: The Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT, has for some time now been in financial trouble. The New York Times reports on the latest fund-raising effort aimed at saving it: “On Tuesday, Tom Perrotta, Tasha Alexander, Phillip Lopate and at least seven …

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Waterston gives insider’s view of L.M. Montgomery

Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca: In Nova Scotia’s The Chronicle Herald, Judith Meyrick reviews Magic Island: The Fictions of L. M. Montgomery by Elizabeth Waterston. Montgomery was the author of Anne of Green Gables and several subsequent best-selling novels. Montgomery kept journals and scrapbooks passionately and meticulously, preserving for us a picture of her daily …

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Happy birthday, Robert McCloskey

(Photo © 2006 by Freeman F. Brown) From The Writer’s Almanac: It’s the birthday of Robert McCloskey, . . . the author and illustrator of children’s books, born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1914. He grew up loving music, especially the harmonica. He said, “The musician’s life was the life for me — that is, until …

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Newfound Tapes Offer Clues to Agatha Christie’s Life

Newfound Tapes Offer Clues to Agatha Christie’s Life – NYTimes.com: Agatha Christie’s only grandson has discovered a box of audiotapes in one of Christie’s former houses: The tapes — 27 reels running a total of more than 13 hours — are filled with Christie’s painstaking dictation of her life story, rough material recorded in the …

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