On October 10th, Canadian writer Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature. And if you’re not familiar with her work, we suggest that you spend time reading the 18 Free Short Stories we gathered in our celebratory post.
Traditionally, recipients of the Nobel Prize travel to Sweden to accept the award in mid December.
In a now defunct listing from Bauman Rare Books for an 1868 edition of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote with illustrations by Gustave Doré, we find the following unattributed quotation: “in every English-speaking home where they can spell the word ‘art,’ you will find Doré editions.[...]
John Steinbeck had the literary voice of an American preacher.[...]
The Reading Experience Database (RED), hosted by the Open University, provides a vast, open-access compendium of British authors’ reading habits from 1450 through 1945. The resource is a continuously updated repository of literary references, compiled using excerpts of biographies, letters, newspapers, magazines, and other informative texts.[...]
A few days ago, 3 Turn Productions finished raising $109,563 (from 1,600 backers) on Kickstarter to fund the development of “Ever, Jane,” a virtual game that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England.[...]
Ernest Hemingway’s romantic adventure of man and marlin, The Old Man and the Sea, has perhaps spent more time on high school freshman English reading lists than any other work of fiction, which might lead one to think of the novel as young adult fiction.[...]
Like many other novelists of his era, Joseph Conrad began by publishing his work in serialized magazines. Novel serialization, which had first gained popularity and commercial appeal with Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers in 1836, was commonplace throughout the 19th century.[...]
Petty criminal, outlaw writer, political radical, gay icon—the name Jean Genet means many things to many people, but filmmaker isn’t usually one of them. Yet Genet did direct a short film, A Song of Love (Un chant d’amour), in 1950.[...]
Ray Bradbury, unlike many novelists who choose to reside in Southern California, didn’t support his fiction-writing career by taking screenplay work.[...]
We’ve written recently about that most common occurrence in the life of every artist—the rejection letter. Most rejections are uncomplicated affairs, ostensibly reflecting matters of taste among editors, producers, and curators. In 1944, in his capacity as an editorial director at Faber & Faber, T.S.[...]