Donalyn Miller, author of "The Book Whisperer" and "Reading in the Wild" has written a love letter to literacy. She describes how reading and books helped her overcome a challenging and impoverished childhood.
From Alain de Botton' School of Life comes the latest in a series of animated introductions to influential literary figures. Previous installments gave us a look at the life and work of Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf. This one takes us inside the literary world of Jane Austen.
Since her first novel, 1970’s The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison has dazzled readers with her commanding language—colloquial, magical, magisterial, even fanciful at times, but held firm to the earth by a commitment to history and an unsparing exploration of racism, sexual abuse, and violence.
From The Library of Congress: The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature.
We've long known the internet's power to facilitate access to the great books (see, for instance, our collection of 600 eBooks free online), but recent projects like the British Library's Discovering Literature have shown us that it can also help us engage with those great books.
"Dmitri Mendeleev might have designed the original periodic table – a graphic representation of all the basic building blocks of the universe – but artist James Harris has done something way cool with that template -- the Periodic Table of Storytelling."
An interview of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer published in The New York Review of Books includes his thoughts on reading Proust (in French) and his responses to some great questions, including: "Why is literature crucial to a democracy? and Does reading the US Constitution having anything in common with reading a great literary work?"
We were among millions deeply saddened to learn today that Seamus Heaney had passed away at age 74. Called the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, Heaney was not only a national treasure to his home country but to the global poetry community.
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