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The 16 Richest Authors In The World

Tom Clancy, the American author behind 17 No. 1 New York Times best-sellers, died Tuesday night at age 66.<p>Clancy was celebrated for his technically detailed books on espionage and military science. His works "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," and "The Sum of …

Books

Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks'

Survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents<p>• Do you prefer print books to ebooks? - poll • Ebooks need more attention from publishers<p>Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or …

Weighing up the virtues of long novels

Aristotelian poetics suggest that a big story is automatically better than a short one. Does his theory measure up?<p>I blame Proust, or at least last week's tributes to his massive achievement. But after waxing lyrical over the pleasures of a novel big enough to contain the world, I was brought up …

George R. R. Martin Visits Lord of the Rings’ Middle-Earth; Blows Minds of Fantasy Fans Everywhere

Last week George R. R. Martin departed Australia, where the <i>Game of Thrones</i> creator had been making appearances (and bold statements) related to his beloved franchise, and headed to New Zealand. While the fantasy mastermind did not disclose his plans, TMZ has since produced photo evidence of a …

The Deathbed Confessions of William Butler Yeats

When the poet died 75 years ago, three of his most brutal poems were in the current issue of The Atlantic.<p>Seventy-five years ago today—on January 28, 1939—William Butler Yeats died at a boarding house on the French Riviera. He was 73 years old, at the height of his fame and glory. “Mr. Yeats …

The best books on Peru: start your reading here

Our literary tour of Peru embraces Manuel Odría's dictactorship, murder in Ayacucho, and the legacy of Pizarro's conquistadors<p>Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa<p>Vargas Llosa's ambitious novel is a portrait of power and politics in Peru under the dictatorship of General Manuel Odría …

JK Rowling backtracks on 'Harry Potter heresy'

Full interview with Emma Watson in Wonderland magazine shows author qualifying doubts over Ron and Hermione's marriage<p>Traumatised Harry Potter fans distraught at the aspersions JK Rowling cast on the viability of Ron and Hermione's marriage can relax: the novelist actually believes the pair "will …

Read Ernest Hemingway’s Racy, Hilarious Letter to Marlene Dietrich

(Click here to enlarge)<p>Nobody writes letters anymore, but <i>really</i> nobody writes letters like Ernest Hemingway these days. The author and famous raconteur crossed paths with just about everybody notable during his enviable lifetime, but seemed to save his bawdiest, best stuff for Marlene Dietrich, the …

Literature

JRR Tolkien translation of Beowulf to be published after 90-year wait

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author's version of epic Anglo-Saxon poem fleshes out heroes' past, says son who edited manuscript<p>Hwæt! Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author's version of the epic story is to be published for the …