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More Than a Century Later, Sophia Tolstoy Has Her Say - New York Times

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More Than a Century Later, Sophia Tolstoy Has Her Say

 

In her long and often turbulent marriage to Leo Tolstoy, Sophia Andreevna Tolstoy put up with a lot, but “The Kreutzer Sonata” qualified as special punishment. Published in 1889, the story presented Tolstoy’s increasingly radical views on sexual relations and marriage through a frenzied monologue delivered by a narrator who, in a fit of jealousy and disgust, murdered his wife.

 

In her diary, Sophia wrote: “I do not know how or why everyone connected ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ with our own married life, but this is what has happened.” Members of the Tolstoy family circle and the czar himself had expressed pity for her, she complained. “And it isn’t just other people,” she added. “I, too, know in my heart that this story is directed against me, and that it has done me a great wrong, humiliated me in the eyes of the world and destroyed the last vestiges of love between us.”

 

Convinced that the story was “untrue in everything relating to a young woman’s experiences,” Sophia wrote two novellas setting forth her own views, “Whose Fault?” and “Song Without Words,” which both languished in the archives of the Tolstoy Museum until their recent rediscovery

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How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature

How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
while class disparity manifests in all sectors of society, for those who seek careers in literature, class differences have a huge impact on who gets hired and who gets published. This, in turn has a real effect on the portrayal of class in literature, and in media depictions of the writer’s life.
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‘The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature,’ Edited by Yunte Huang

‘The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature,’ Edited by Yunte Huang | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In 1906, while studying medicine in Japan, a young Chinese man called Zhou Shuren was shown a slide depicting a scene from the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, which was partly fought on Chinese territory. It showed a crowd of Chinese watching while one of their compatriots was beheaded by the Japanese, accused of being a Russian spy. “They were all strong fellows but appeared completely apathetic,” Zhou recalled. “After this film I felt that medical science was not so important after all. The people of a weak and backward country, however strong and healthy they may be, can only serve to be made examples of, or to witness such futile spectacles. . . . The most important thing, therefore, was to change their spirit, and since at that time I felt that literature was the best means to this end, I determined to promote a literary movement.”
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Lionsgate Picks Up Magic Tree House Series - Signature Reads

Lionsgate Picks Up Magic Tree House Series - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Following the success and conclusion of ‘The Hunger Games,’ Lionsgate has picked up the film rights to the Magic Tree House series.

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17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what their favorite books with great LGBTQ lead characters are. Here are some of the most popular recommendations!

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When You Netflix Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, You’ll Be Somewhat Amused

When You Netflix Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, You’ll Be Somewhat Amused | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Five years ago, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a runaway literary hit, with its gimmick of inserting the undead into Jane Austen winning lots of people over.

 

In any case, this movie more or less follows the story of Jane Austen’s classic novel. It’s the Regency period, and the Bennet Family is overstocked with daughters who need to be married off. Jane Bennet (Bella Heathcote) falls for Mr. Bingley, but is suspected of being a gold-digger, while Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) comes to a harsh opinion of Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), even after he confesses he loves her. And then... zombies attack!

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I don't read anything with zombies in it (or werewolves or vampires), but if this appeals to you, here's some information.

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Beyond Terminator: 3 Stories That Get Artificial Intelligence Right

Beyond Terminator: 3 Stories That Get Artificial Intelligence Right | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

John Havens, author of Heartificial Intelligence, lists 3 films that believably capture AI in ways that shine a light on our own society.

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In War & Peace, Paul Dano Brings One of Literature’s Most Moving Characters to Life

In War & Peace, Paul Dano Brings One of Literature’s Most Moving Characters to Life | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Dano’s Pierre plods around in a jabot and tails, peering through his round spectacles like a sad, frightened owl, bumbling from drawing room to ballroom to icy dueling ground. His abundant charm is naturally lost on the Russian aristocracy, but of course not on Natasha, played here with appealing, doe-eyed vulnerability by Lily James (Downton Abbey). Dano said the trick with Pierre, whose foibles can seem so funny—he is a hoot in the book, a fat boozehound who is always saying the wrong thing at parties—is to play him straight, to resist the temptation to turn him into a purely comic figure. “It’s a fine line to walk,” he told me by phone. “I do think Pierre is very funny, but you also can’t play it too funny or make fun of him. Pierre is such a beautiful soul. He’s an open vessel in a society that was so close-minded. And that’s part of what made him sort of awkward, his truthfulness.”
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Revisiting 'La Cote Basque, 1965,' the Story that Ruined Truman Capote's Life - Signature Reads

Revisiting 'La Cote Basque, 1965,' the Story that Ruined Truman Capote's Life - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

We tend to emphasize the career highlights when celebrating a beloved author, but then so few declines are as notable as Truman Capote’s. This week the New York Post pays tribute to “La Côte Basque, 1965,” an excerpt from the author’s book-in-progress that he teased in Esquire magazine decades ago against the advice of his editor. The story laid bare the private lives of the high society women who considered Capote to be friend and confidant, including his bestie Babe Paley; the two of them would never speak again. Overall, it’s a fascinating account of a career misstep that ended up dimming the light of a major star – and served as the inspiration behind Melanie Benjamin’s latest novel, The Swans of Fifth Avenue.

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Help Fund A New Documentary About Pioneering Author Ursula K. Le Guin

Help Fund A New Documentary About Pioneering Author Ursula K. Le Guin | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

“People always say, ‘When did you decide to be a writer?’ And I never wanted to be a writer. I just wrote.” That’s Ursula K. Le Guin, speaking in a clip from Worlds of Ursula K.

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I'm Still Trying To Make Sense of Infinite Jest

I'm Still Trying To Make Sense of Infinite Jest | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace turns 20 today, and I’m still confused by it all these years later. I’ve seldom been more engrossed in a novel, and more willing to put in the time of obsessively studying footnotes.

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1001 Knights Is a Gorgeous Anthology That Will Examine What It Means to Be a Knight

1001 Knights Is a Gorgeous Anthology That Will Examine What It Means to Be a Knight | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

The romance of chivalrous knights is something that has enthralled people for thousands of years—from legends of old, to everyone secretly wanting to be Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones. It’s hard to encapsulate it all, but this new anthology, spearheaded by Annie Stoll and Kevin Jay Stanton, aims to try.

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Challenging Students To Connect Literature To The World Around Them | Post Eagle Newspaper

Challenging Students To Connect Literature To The World Around Them | Post Eagle Newspaper | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
A truly teachable moment, as they say, is unplanned and occurs on the spur of the moment. On any given day, a student can come up with an idea or a comment can be made during a literature discussion that sparks an interest that eventually leads to an experience that’s never to be forgotten – by the students or by the teacher herself.
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Guest Post – David Mark: Villains – Grab This Book

Guest Post – David Mark: Villains – Grab This Book | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Why are we obsessed with murder? What is it that make the act of killing so intriguing? Best-selling novelist DAVID MARK asks why it is that terrible acts are lethally compelling. 

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Greg Goode: Gatsby and Gestalt Shifts—Spirituality and Literature - The Culturium -

Greg Goode: Gatsby and Gestalt Shifts—Spirituality and Literature - The Culturium - | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The subject crosses paths with a new book I’ve written, called After Awareness (due for publication in November 2016 from Non-Duality Press). In that book, I recommend a passionate engagement with the arts as an antidote to attachment and suffering. The idea is that literature and the other arts are not only inspiring and enjoyable but they also present us with new ways of seeing the world. Seeing the world in new ways helps dissolve attachments to our current views. The arts, especially the written and spoken arts, can free us from the narrow assumptions that meaning is only literal. Freedom from literality in turn helps dissolve our attachment to all images and views, including those we have about ourselves.
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Overthinking 'Snow White': 9 Questions You Never Asked as a Child - Signature Reads

Overthinking 'Snow White': 9 Questions You Never Asked as a Child - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

It's that time again, where we overthink a beloved classic, thereby leading you to rethink your entire childhood. This time? Snow White.

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17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what their favorite books with great LGBTQ lead characters are. Here are some of the most popular recommendations!
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Hollywood Hijinks: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ & 6 Great Movies Within Movies - Signature Reads

Hollywood Hijinks: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ & 6 Great Movies Within Movies - Signature Reads | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Meta-moviemaking is one of our favorite filmmaking tools. Check out six great examples, inspired by 'Hail, Caesar!'

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Forget the Caucuses: The Politics of the Iowa Writers' Workshop

Forget the Caucuses: The Politics of the Iowa Writers' Workshop | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Iowa, you see, where Mr. Trump just lost the Republican caucuses to Ted Cruz, is home not just of arguably the most important presidential predictor in the country, but the most important masters program in creative writing. For more than eighty years, the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa has produced and employed some of the nation’s most celebrated writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, John Irving, TC Boyle, Michael Cunningham, Ethan Canin, Marilynne Robinson, and Ann Patchett. It also, for a time in the 1960s, was partially funded by the CIA.
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Yeah, I didn't know that last little fact, either.

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How Rereading The Great Gatsby Will Turn You Into a Superfan

How Rereading The Great Gatsby Will Turn You Into a Superfan | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Although we think of revision as a writer’s act, it may be helpful to think of it as an act of reading. It was said of Max Perkins, who edited some of the greatest writers of the 20th century, that he had the ability to read a text and “see its unrealized potential,” a necessary prequel to persuading the writer to revise.

 

This leads me to the conviction that revision is not reserved for authors and editors. It is also a power that belongs to all readers, especially ones who undertake multiple readings of a text over time.

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Why we should not hesitate to reread favorite books

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There Are Just Too Many Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in February

There Are Just Too Many Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in February | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Keeping up with all the amazing science fiction and fantasy books this month may actually be a full-time job. Alastair Reynolds, Patricia McKillip, Yann Martel, Iain Pears, Lois McMaster Bujold and a ton of your other favorite authors have new books.

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In case your TBR shelf is nearly empty. . .

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Can Clever Stunts and Street Literature Persuade More People to Read?

Can Clever Stunts and Street Literature Persuade More People to Read? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Reading, one of the world’s most enduring pastimes, hasn’t historically needed clever ads or flashy marketing campaigns to convince people of its worth. But Coffee Sleeves Conversation, as the Coffee House Press project became known, is one of a number of growing efforts around the world to advertise literature as a whole—by taking the message that reading can be accessible, enjoyable, and life-improving to unexpected places, from vending machines and subway cars to fast-food chains.
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It's...Groundhog Day! 9 Author Quotes on the Slippery Nature of Time

It's...Groundhog Day! 9 Author Quotes on the Slippery Nature of Time | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Consider the following quotes a reminder to spend Groundhog Day pondering the significance of it all -- but if you forget, there's always next year.

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The 17 Most Tear-Jerking Friendships from Science Fiction and Fantasy

The 17 Most Tear-Jerking Friendships from Science Fiction and Fantasy | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

A great love story can totally grab your heartstrings. But you know what is guaranteed to make you start sobbing like a drunken longshoreman? Friendship. Science fiction and fantasy are full of platonic relationships that punch you in the gut.

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Scholars Are Finally Tackling Yiddish Children's Literature

Scholars Are Finally Tackling Yiddish Children's Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Two upcoming anthologies will chronicle Yiddish children’s literature, largely believed to be an understudied and unknown field.
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Unmapping our times and society with literature

Unmapping our times and society with literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
 Literature, in the form of stories, poems, essays and drama, is like a witness account of life’s episodes. Authors and poets like Shanta Gokhale, Mahesh Rao and Jerry Pinto will share such stories with booklovers as they take the stage at the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF).


This year’s theme, Unmapped, will emphasise debate, reflecting on a key issue of our times and its links with literary practice. A total of 54 panels and over 150 speakers will examine diverse writing practices, including forms such as the novel, non-fiction and poetry, and even writing on music, visual arts, architecture, theatre, cinema, and philosophy.

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