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Romance that never loses its sparkle: The world's most influential novel ever - The Independent

Romance that never loses its sparkle: The world's most influential novel ever - The Independent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
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Romance that never loses its sparkle: The world's most influential novel ever

 

It gave us Colin Firth in a clinging, wet shirt and inspired Bridget Jones to sing "I'm Every Woman". Jane Austen's "own darling child", or Pride and Prejudice as it's known to you and me, is a brand all of its own. It has inspired more spin-offs than almost any other book in history, and has ballooned into a multi-million-pound industry. Pretty impressive, considering it turns 200 years old this month.

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Capturing the essence of Madame Bovary - OUPblog (blog)

Capturing the essence of Madame Bovary - OUPblog (blog) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The tragic story of Madame Bovary has been told and retold in a number of adaptations since the text's original publication in 1856 in serial form. But what differences from the text should we expect in the film adaptation?
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Roald Dahl centenary: 'Tremendous things' promised for 2016 - BBC News

Roald Dahl centenary: 'Tremendous things' promised for 2016 - BBC News | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Cardiff is set for a big adventure in 2016 as it celebrates the centenary of one of its most famous sons - children's author Roald Dahl.
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Go Set a Watchman: Harper Lee's new novel is more than just a literary event - The Independent

Go Set a Watchman: Harper Lee's new novel is more than just a literary event - The Independent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Fasten your dungarees.  Practice your Southern drawl. Fire up the Cajun barbecue and hurry down to your local bookshop. 'Go Set a Watchman', the publishing event of the year – nay, decade – is upon us, and it can only mean one thing.
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A British look at the upcoming release (July 14) of Harper Lee's second novel

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Understand Our Culture, or Lose It: Innu Poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine on ... - Indian Country Today Media Network

Understand Our Culture, or Lose It: Innu Poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine on ... - Indian Country Today Media Network | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Young Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, born in 1991, has burst onto the literary scene; she chatted with ICTMN in May.
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Caine prize for African writing: inspirations - The Guardian

Caine prize for African writing: inspirations - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The Caine prize is awarded on 6 July. Three of the shortlisted writers pay tribute to an author who has inspired them
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Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics - Los Angeles Times

Summer reading countdown: The 5 most entertaining literary classics - Los Angeles Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The Fourth of July kicks off the summer vacation season, providing some readers with their only opportunity all year to curl up with a good book for an extended period.

 

This list is necessarily personal and is offered in the spirit of urging these books upon friends. My rules were: 1. Novels. 2. Nothing more recent than the 19th century. 3. Extra points for longer books, because they get dissed and unfairly shunned. 4. No purely "genre" books; this is to rule out such crowd-pleasers as "Sherlock Holmes," which don't need help attracting new readers.

 

What these books have in common, near as I can tell, is that they feel contemporary, a sign that their authors were on to something that would continue to speak to future generations.

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Do you agree with this list, which is only five books long? What others would you add?

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25 things you never knew about Alice In Wonderland to mark its 150th anniversary - Metro

on its 150th birthday, we thought you deserved to know some of the most obscure facts about the famous tale…

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Time to read a good long book

Time to read a good long book | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The days are long, the sun is high. There is plenty you could be doing, but instead why not sit back and read a decent book
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Good recommendations of long books, of which I've read a few. Which books on this list have you read?

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Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015's written word (so far) - A.V. Club Denver/Boulder

Print is not dead yet: The best of 2015's written word (so far) - A.V. Club Denver/Boulder | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Publishers may be scrambling to cover their loses as digital innovations bring books to new formats, but that doesn’t mean the quality of stories has diminished. The first six months of 2015 brought with them a rash of quality novels, imports, autobiographies, and books that don’t quite fit into an easy descriptor. The A.V. Club here presents our favorites of the year so far; good for reading any time of the year, 

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Some good suggestions here, a little bit of something for everyone.

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Dive into this video tribute to the books in Wes Anderson films - A.V. Club

Dive into this video tribute to the books in Wes Anderson films - A.V. Club | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Digging a little deeper than the average supercut or montage, culture critic Luis Azevedo of The A To Z Review has constructed a video essay about books and literature in Wes Anderson films. Wes Anderson characters are always reading and, as a result, books appear frequently throughout his works, especially in the hands of his characters. Azevedo documents these instances and also explores more macro concepts, like literature and narration as themes in Anderson films.

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I'm always intrigued by what books characters in film and TV series are reading.

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'Shadowshaper' carries forward the legacy of Walter Dean Myers - Washington Post

'Shadowshaper' carries forward the legacy of Walter Dean Myers - Washington Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A new young adult novel is exactly the kind of book the legendary writer was hoping for.
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Good news on the issue of diverse books for young people.

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11 Contemporary Retellings of Classic Literature

11 Contemporary Retellings of Classic Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Some stories are so moving, so ubiquitous, that we can’t get them out of our collective mind—Shakespeare, Jane Austen, childhood fairy tales. These pieces of literature are undeniable classics.
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9 Books About Book Clubs That Will Have You Feeling All The Feels, And Will ... - Bustle

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These novels and nonfiction titles are all about book clubs. From a life-risking reading group in the heart of Iran’s capital city, to a book club that meets in a quaint coffee shop in suburban America, the literary gatherings in these books were legendary enough to spark stories of their own, and might even inspire you to host your own book club, too. Happy reading!

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London: Literature’s labyrinth of ‘lost souls’

London: Literature’s labyrinth of ‘lost souls’ | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
London is a popular setting for literature – one often characterised by crime, confusion, filth and vice, and not just in Dickens’ time. Lucy Scholes explains.

 

Chance and happenstance are central tenants of life in any city. But they play a particularly important role in literary depictions of London. Coincidence, though, is not the only way writers set London apart from other settings. In particular, portrayals of the city have tended to focus on the darker side of urban life – including crime, vice and instability.

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A fictional history unfolds with Borges-like literary machinations - A.V. Club (blog)

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A fictional history unfolds with Borges-like literary machinations

 

the style of inserting essayistic prose or literary criticism into fiction has become a common method of genre-blurring—a form of literary mashup. One of the earliest and best practitioners, Jorge Luis Borges, turned the technique into a kind of interrogation of literature itself, his reviews of fictional books collapsing the distance between subject and form, creativity and reportage, story and history. Now, one of the finer descendants of this form of literature is receiving his English-language due, and it couldn’t be more overdue.

 

A Brief History Of Portable Literature, by the Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matas

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For those interested in literary theory

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Are Northrop Frye's ideas now DOA? - National Post

Are Northrop Frye's ideas now DOA? - National Post | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Northrop Frye's life and letters have become a kind of academic cottage industry, but does his work have any real currency in understanding contemporary literature?
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For those of us who grew up with New Criticism

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What are the best autobiographies for children and teenagers?

What are the best autobiographies for children and teenagers? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

From the inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai to Bear Grylls’ tale of mud, sweat and tears, the book doctor recommends the best real life stories

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Renata Adler: writer of the radical middle as cult figure for a new generation - Sydney Morning Herald

Renata Adler: writer of the radical middle as cult figure for a new generation - Sydney Morning Herald | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Renata Adler has become something of a cult figure for a new generation of literary-minded young women.

 

"Renata Adler has become something of a cult figure for a new generation of literary-minded young women since the 2013 re-release of her novels, Speedboat (1976) and Pitch Dark (1983). Those books represent … a high point in the portrayal of a modern sort of angst – vulnerable women adrift in both the psychological and actual world." Thus commences "prominent US journalist and pundit" Michael Wolff's preface to After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction  (2015), though strictly speaking that should be "Selected Nonfiction".

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'The Hand That Feeds You,' a Thriller Written as an Act of Love for Its Originator - New York Times

'The Hand That Feeds You,' a Thriller Written as an Act of Love for Its Originator - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Two friends of the author Katherine Russell Rich, who died in 2012, have finished a novel she had started to write, which Scribner’s will publish on Tuesday.

 

Their collaboration resulted in “The Hand That Feeds You,” a twisty, unsettling thriller that comes out on Tuesday and bears little resemblance to either of their individual literary styles. Ms. Ciment, 62, has published five literary novels, including “Act of God” and “Heroic Measures.” Ms. Hempel, 63, is an acclaimed short-story writer whose work has been compared to that of Alice Munro and Grace Paley. Neither had ever written a mystery or a thriller.

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What a great story! Another book to add to the TBR pile.

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Why southern gothic rules the world - The Guardian

Why southern gothic rules the world - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The cotton fields, the heat, the weight of history … With the publication this month of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, MO Walsh explores the reasons for southern gothic’s global appeal
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15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction - Den Of Geek

15 underappreciated books: sci-fi, fantasy, horror fiction - Den Of Geek | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Looking for a good book recommendation? Our writers have a few unsung sci-fi, fantasy and horror gems up their sleeves...
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Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain - The Guardian

Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain - The Guardian | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Kamila Shamsie always revises her work by reading aloud, but AS Byatt looks for the rhythms of the page. Richard Lea goes in search of what happens in the brain when we write and read fiction
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What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird - Smithsonian

What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird"

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In preparation for the July 14 release of Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman."

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William Styron's 'My Generation: Collected Nonfiction' - New York Times

William Styron's 'My Generation: Collected Nonfiction' - New York Times | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Essays by the author of “Sophie’s Choice” consider an era of American literature shaped by global catastrophe.

 

William Styron was born in 1925 and died in 2006, which places him squarely in the constellation of writers who transformed American literature after World War II. In “My Generation,” a posthumous collection of assorted nonfiction, Styron offers vivid, gossipy and illuminating portraits of these celebrated figures, himself among them. One gets the impression that he happily socialized in an ocean of Scotch and martinis with just about everyone of his “vintage,” as he often puts it, as well as with slightly older and younger authors he admired: Robert Penn Warren, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, James Jones, Terry Southern, Arthur Miller, James Dickey, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger and many others among the literary anointed.

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The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace - Vulture

The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace - Vulture | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
How the author of Infinite Jest became the center of a self-help cult.

 

Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. He has become a character, an icon, and in some circles a saint. A writer who courted contradiction and paradox, who could come on as a curmudgeon and a scold, who emerged from an avant-garde tradition and never retreated into conventional realism, he has been reduced to a wisdom-dispensing sage on the one hand and shorthand for the Writer As Tortured Soul on the other. 

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