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Shakespeare's First Folio in Stonyhurst College museum display

<b>A rare first edition of William Shakespeare's works has gone on display in a new museum at a public school.</b><p>The copy of the 1623 First Folio - the first printed collection of his plays - is on show at the Old Chapel Museum in Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.<p>It sits alongside items that belonged to …

Literature

Meet the lit professor-turned-tattoo artist who inked the Hells Angels and chronicled his every studly conquest

Samuel Steward, aka Phil Sparrow, was a Renaissance Man of the streets, unconcerned with sexual and societal taboos<p>When DePaul University Professor …

Oscar Wilde

Robert Frost's Personal Christmas Cards to Friends on Display for the First Time in Decades

A series of Christmas cards and booklets containing poetry by the legendary poet Robert Frost will be on display at a Vermont college for the first …

Poetry

John Ashbery’s 1969 Review of Elizabeth Bishop’s Complete Poems

<i>I stared and stared</i><p><i>and victory filled up</i><p><i>the little rented boat,</i><p>Article continues after advertisement<p><i>from the pool of bilge</i><p><i>where oil had spread a</i> …

Poetry

Dying Of ALS, Sam Shepard Told His Final Story Of A Man Not Ready To Go

Support the news<p>Review<p>Sam Shepard once said, "I could go on and on about death. One of my favorite subjects — so long as you can keep it at arm’s …

Sam Shepard

Rare Beat Generation Paraphernalia, From the Legendary Collection of Julio Mario Santo Domingo

Neal Cassady’s mugshot.In 1958, Neal Cassady gave a couple of joints to undercover narcotic officers as payment for a ride to work and was arrested. …

Literature

US author William H Gass dies aged 93

Acclaimed writer of novels Omensetter’s Luck and The Tunnel – and coiner of the term ‘metafiction’ – has died at home in Missouri<p>The US author William H Gass, who explored the boundaries of fiction in novels such as The Tunnel and Omensetter’s Luck, has died at the age of 93.<p>Gass passed away on …

Literature

The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

Steps from the crowds of holiday shoppers streaming into Forever 21 and the Apple Store in Pasadena, in a second-floor walk-up, a trove of unique offerings waits for book lovers with very special gift lists.<p>At Whitmore Rare Books, which specializes in literary first editions and antiquarian books, …

Literature

Poetry finds a (calming) home in the hurly-burly of 21st century New York

Just a stone’s throw away from the high-finance hustle of the World Trade Center in NYC, I came across a simple blue-and-white sign on a glass door …

Poetry

Black Spring Press publisher Hastings dies aged 52

Robert Hastings, publisher at independent Black Spring Press, has died aged 52 following an illness.<p>Hastings died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday …

Literature

A Brilliant Animation of George Orwell Eloquently Explaining How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

Filmmaker Luís Sá has created a brilliant animation that perfectly captures both the elegance and eloquence of the iconic author George Orwell as he …

George Orwell

Taylor Swift wrote a poem for Vogue and, um, she's no William Shakespeare

Did you know that Taylor Swift reinvented herself? Lol, 'course you did. But, Swift has gone and penned a poem about reinvention and "moving on" just …

Taylor Swift

An old, extremely harsh rejection letter re-emerges on Twitter — and it’s brutal - Salon.com

Most of you have felt the sting or rejection during a job hunt. Most of you have had the occasional rejection letter or email. It’s safe to say that the most heartbreaking of them were painful because of the person or institution rejecting them, not in the content of the rejection.<p>A century ago, …

Brutal

Bill would create Ontario poet laureate position in memory of Gord Downie

An NDP member of the Ontario legislature wants to enshrine the name of late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie in a law creating the province's …

Gord Downie

50 Hilariously Honest New Titles For Your Favourite Books

Have you ever picked up a book after reading the title and thought that sounds interesting, only to read the story and think that title really …

Books

What Reading Bukowski’s ‘Women’ Taught Me About Men

<i>In Late to the Party, we ask writers to read a seminal author who has somehow passed them by. You can read</i> <i>previous entries here</i><i>.</i><p>When I began working …

Charles Bukowski

Finding lessons for literary journalism in the poetry of Rust Belt chronicler Phil Levine

I read poetry. Chalk it up to an English degree, perhaps too much Milton or Wordsworth as an undergrad, or a line or two that I once might have …

Poetry

Literary Event of the Week: Poetry Across the Nations: An Indigenous Reading, by Paul Constant

“The lives of Native women are not valued greatly in the Americas,” Arizona poet Natalie Diaz explains. This is not just a matter of feeling …

Indigenous Peoples

California Hall Of Fame: Gary Snyder’s Poetry To 'Loosen Up The Heart And Mind'

As a child Gary Snyder’s mother read him poem after poem on their four-cow family farm in the Pacific Northwest. That started his lifelong love for …

Sacramento

His wife worked at Sandy Hook. Now this poet is helping start a conversation about gun violence

If the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago had turned a different direction, then poet and writer Brian Clements’ wife Abbey, a …

Guns

Vancouver Island professor challenges perception of Canadian identity with new poetry chapbook

Anima Canadensis is the winner of the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award<p>Nanaimo's Sonnet L'Abbé, a Vancouver Island University professor and poet, says her …

Canada

The Poet’s Pencil

I knew a poet who could only write his poems with a stub of a pencil. Nothing else worked for him as well. His family and friends bought him fountain …

T.S. Eliot

Meet the editor with the secret weapon behind three award-winning Canadian books

Behind every award-winning author is a silent partner, an editor who polishes a rough diamond into a literary gem.<p>Martha Kanya-Forstner of Penguin …

Books

Ernest Hemingway’s Florida House Is Now Home to Over 50 Six-Toed Cats

Photo: Shutterstock<p>Meet the Cats of Ernest Hemingway’s Old House<p>Ernest Hemingway: writer of immortal stories, booze-drinker, four-time husband, …

Cats

Founder of Dead Poets Society of America gets his tombstone carved and ready

The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is preparing for the day he’ll become a dead poet himself — by getting a tombstone. Walter Skold is …

Poetry

Never before seen photographs of Louisa May Alcott’s sister, Anna, found in old photo album

For most of Donna Keeler’s life, the 74-year-old kept her family heirlooms safely tucked away. Among them, a brown taffeta wedding dress, pieces of …

Literature

Rare Manuscript Exhibit Explores How Climate Disasters Create Monsters

In April 1815, a volcano in the East Indies erupted with cataclysmic force, releasing a plume of ash that circled the entire globe. In the weeks and …

19th Century

Elementary school students rewriting the TRC's calls to action... as poetry

Students at École Laura Secord School in Winnipeg are learning all about the history of residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation …

Education

Canadian Poetry’s Next Wave by Jim Johnstone

In 1959, <i>Poetry</i> ran an omnibus review dubbed “The Canadian Imagination.” Written by newly minted Governor General’s Award winner James Reaney, it …

Canadian Literature

Scientists identify precisely what makes a poem pleasing

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? According to scientists studying poetry, it can’t hurt.<p>A New York University study published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (paywall) on Nov. 30, sought the secret to effective poetry. Psychologists asked 400 American adults …

William Shakespeare