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JD Salinger Really Was A Park Avenue Rich Kid

So I am blowing some of the blogging time that the end of the day job freed up on a JD Salinger jag. The biography by David Shields and Shane Salerno is done in the form of an oral history – brief anecdotes by various people who knew Salinger interspersed with quotes from Salinger’s work and …

Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno – review

After the war, in which he survived the D-day landings at Utah Beach, Jerome David Salinger holed himself away in a studio in Westport, Connecticut, to finish his first novel. He was 27 years old and had carried a draft of the first six chapters of the book, called <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, with him …

Five new JD Salinger books on the way

An unseen story told from the perspective of JD Salinger's Holden Caulfield and more tales of the recurring character Seymour Glass could start appearing as early as 2015, film-makers revealed at the world premiere of documentary Salinger, at Colorado's Telluride film festival.<p>Five new Salinger …

JD Salinger: authors claim posthumous works are on the way

The authors of a new JD Salinger biography claim they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: what the author of The Catcher in the Rye was working on during the last half century of his life.<p>A series of posthumous Salinger releases are planned after 2015, according to David Shields …

New biography of JD Salinger to be published this September

An attempt to piece together the life of the notoriously reclusive Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger, researched over the course of eight years in strict secrecy and including more than 200 interviews, is to be published as a biography on 3 September. A documentary film about the author will be …

JD Salinger's secret life exposed in new documentary

JD Salinger, the elusive author of <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, was one of America's most famous recluses and guarded his private life with fanatical dedication. Yet even he might have been impressed by the immense efforts being undertaken to keep details secret of a new documentary that has been made …

JD Salinger letters come to light seven decades on

A young JD Salinger boasted in the early 1940s that one of his short stories would "doubtless tear the country's heart out, and return the thing a new and far richer organ".<p>The brag was made to a young woman in Toronto, Marjorie Sheard, with whom Salinger had been corresponding, and has come to …

Mark Twain on Religion and Our Human Egotism

A large part of what made Mark Twain the greatest American satirist was his capacity for cultural nitpicking, from his irreverent advice to little girls to his critique of the press to his snarky commentary on the outrageous requests he received. But one subject to which Twain applied his exquisite …

Where Did Mark Twain's Pseudonym Come From?

If you're familiar with Mark Twain's memorable novels, you're probably aware that his pen name is not his given name. The author and satirist best known for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens.<p>He grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a …

How Samuel Clemens Actually Became Mark Twain: He Stole a Bad Joke

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It only took us a century and a half, but we may have finally learned the real source of Samuel …

Mark Twain On His Dinner With Helen Keller (EXCERPT)

<i>The following is an excerpt from the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2. It is a journal entry from January 17, 1901 about his dinner with Helen Keller.</i><p>Helen Keller dined with us yesterday evening. She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Macy. Mrs. Macy became her first teacher in the neighborhood …

Advice to Little Girls: Young Mark Twain’s Little-Known, Lovely 1865 Children’s Book

In the summer of 2011, I chanced upon a lovely Italian edition of a little-known, playful short story young Mark Twain had written in 1865 at age of 30, with Victorian-scrapbook-inspired artwork by celebrated Russian-born children’s book illustrator Vladimir Radunsky, mischievously encouraging …

New from The Atlantic Books: The Mark Twain Collection

An exclusive collection of Twain's pieces for The Atlantic Monthly marks the debut release in a new series featuring classic voices from the magazine.<p>One winter day in 1869, Mark Twain took the stairs to the second floor of a building near Boston Common and introduced himself to the editors of <i>The</i> …

Mark Twain's 10-Sentence Marketing and Personal Branding Course

Celebrated author Mark Twain didn't just create Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He also created Mark Twain. Before being the most famous author of his time, Mark Twain was Sam uel Clemens. And he knew about personal branding. Here's an illustrated slideshow highlighting Twain's most famous quotes …

On the trail of Mark Twain in the USA | Travel Feature

Twain lived in Hannibal for 14 years from 1839, his time here meticulously chronicled at the illuminating Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. The site …

Classic Literature

On Loves, Lunacies, and Losses: The Little-Known Poetry of Mark Twain

Literary history is peppered with famed novelists who also wrote verse — James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury. Even such unlikely cultural icons as Marilyn Monroe found refuge in poetic practice.<p>Some time ago, while doing some research for my Twain-related labor of love, I came upon <b>On the</b> …

Burn After Reading: A Curiously Combustible Book Design for Fahrenheit 451

Art director/graphic designer Elizabeth Perez's concept book design for Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is ironic and incendiary—and yes, pretty cool. …

Ray Bradbury on Writing, Emotion vs. Intelligence, and the Core of Creativity

Between 1973 and 1974, journalist James Day hosted the short-lived but wonderful public television interview series <i>Day at Night</i>. Among his guests was the inimitable Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920–June 5, 2012) — beloved writer, man of routine, tireless champion of space exploration, patron saint of …

Call for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message

Ray Bradbury's fiction looks set to enter the structure of the internet, after a software developer has proposed a new HTTP status code inspired by Fahrenheit 451.<p>Tim Bray, a fan of Bradbury's writing, is recommending to the Internet Engineering Task Force, which governs such choices, that when …

Ray Bradbury: 'It's Lack That Gives Us Inspiration'

<i>This interview was originally broadcast in 1988.</i><p>Ray Bradbury didn't like negative people. The science-fiction writer and author of <i>Fahrenheit 451</i> told Terry Gross in 1988 that he found out about negative people in fourth grade, shortly after his classmates started making fun of him for collecting …

Ray Bradbury: a life – in pictures

Tributes have poured in for Ray Bradbury, the writer who captivated a generation of scince-fiction fans, after the announcement of his death aged 91. The author, best know for The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 was also a peerless essayist, script and screenplay writer, …

From the archive: Ray Bradbury on life, love and Buck Rogers

SIXTY ONE years ago, when he was nine years old, Ray Bradbury stopped clipping out the daily Buck Rogers space strip from the Waukegan News-Sun. The decision was to be the turning-point of his life.<p>He was mad about the strip. But his friends in fourth grade made fun of him. Buck Rogers wasn't …

Ray Bradbury stories ‘really sank in,’ Margaret Atwood says

More than one might expect, Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood carefully read the novels and short stories of Ray Bradbury. She discussed her assessment of his work with The Globe and Mail.<p>Did you know Ray Bradbury personally?<p>Yes. Not well. I know him through his writing, of course. There's a new …

Harper Lee's Hometown Museum Fires Back at 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author

The reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee, is suing her hometown museum for unauthorized use of her name, causing a war of …

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Shakespeare's plays to be remade as modern-day novels

From animated lions on the plains of Africa to Amanda Bynes movies, Broadway musicals to the violent takeover of a fast-food restaurant, William …