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What Can You Learn About Writers From Their Personal Libraries?

Many famous authors’ personal book collections—Shakespeare, Fielding, Dickens—have been lost. Richard Oram, associate director of the Ransom Center, …

Exclusive: The National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry

The National Book Awards longlist for poetry features acknowledged masters like Frank Bidart and the long-awaited follow-up to Mary Szybist’s …

100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature

Whilst the cover or even title of a book might initially gain your attention, in truth it’s the opening sentence that has the power to inspire, …

How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton – review

Terry Eagleton was once the bad boy of English studies. His seminal textbook <i>Literary Theory</i> introduced generations of students to what their tutors feared was the mind-rotting influence of the continent. But his new book is a more traditional affair. Aimed at "readers and students", it is a …

History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized

<i>“Genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly,”</i> Victorian novelist Amelia E. Barr reflected in her 9 rules for success. But what, exactly, <i>is</i> genius? In their latest project, Italian visualization wizard Giorgia Lupi and her team at Accurat — who have previously given us …