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How to read poetry like a professor

Since retiring from his professorship at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he taught literature and writing for nearly 30 years, Thomas Foster has made a fruitful career writing instructive books about how we ought to read. With How to Read Literature Like a Professor, which he revised in …

Creative Writing

Today is Gabriel García Márquez's 91st Birthday. What to Know About the Master of Magical Realism

On what would have been his 91st birthday, Google Doodle is celebrating Gabriel García Márquez, or “Gabo,” as the man once called “the greatest …

Literature

Why Gabriel García Márquez’s magical realism is so enduring

The writer would have been 91 years old today.<p>Gabriel García Márquez, whose 91st birthday is the subject of today’s Google Doodle, was an undisputed giant of 20th century literature. He gave the world <i>100 Years of Solitude</i> and <i>Love in the Time of Cholera</i>. He won a Nobel Prize, and after his death in …

Literature

The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously

Male art is epic, universal, and profoundly meaningful. Women’s creations are domestic, emotional and trivial. How did we learn to misread stories so badly? By Lili Loofbourow<p>In spring 2013, HBO conducted a sly experiment on the “elite” TV-viewing public. It aired two new shows – both buddy dramas …

Feminism

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment refashioned the idea of what a novel could be

The Russian novelist’s fiction trades in pounding hearts and burning glazes.<p>With the exception of <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> and possibly <i>Frasier</i>, …

Illustrating Sherlock Holmes – in pictures

After receiving 450 entries, here are the 24 finalists competing to illustrate a new edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, in a competition run by The Folio Society and House of Illustration<p>Vote for your favourite here<p><i>‘He saw his tall, spare figure</i> …

Literature

The literary icon who told the truth about how to be a thinking woman

Virginia Woolf knew the enormous potential of a closed door.<p>The literary icon, the subject of today’s (Jan. 25) Google doodle, was a master of elevating domesticity through dizzying, non-linear novels, most famously <i>Mrs. Dalloway</i> and <i>To the Lighthouse</i>. But it’s her most literal work, a slim volume of …

The HP Lovecraft Poem ‘Nemesis’ Brilliantly Sung to the Melody of the Billy Joel Song ‘Piano Man’

Musician Julian Velard quite brilliantly matched the cadence of the legendary HP Lovecraft poem “Nemesis” from <i>Collected Poems</i> with that of the iconic …

Literature

45 Children's Books You'll Want To Give Again And Again

Children’s books are popular presents for newborns, but if you’re the gift-giver, the options can seem endless.<p>We asked members of the HuffPost Parents community<p>to share the kids’ books they come back to again and again when they need a gift for a baby shower. Some may be more for the parents …

Parenting

From Richard III to Captain Ahab: what literature reveals about how we treat disabilities

Disability is everywhere in literature, across all periods and genres – which can show us the way to go beyond stereotypes today<p>The controversy over Toby Young’s appointment to, and then resignation from, the Office for Students, and especially his comments about wheelchair ramps in schools, …

Literature