Literature

The Reading Lists Hidden Inside 12 Great Books

Earlier this year, I read Rabih Alameddine’s <i>An Unnecessary Woman</i> for the first time, and was immediately delighted—I mean, if you want to seduce me …

Lifestyle (Canada)

The Hobbit at 80: What were JRR Tolkien's inspirations behind his first fantasy tale of Middle Earth?

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.</i> This literary …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Truman Capote’s Lost Novel Would Have Aired All His Dirtiest Laundry

The only complete copy of Truman Capote’s final novel, <i>Answered Prayers</i>, may be sitting in a locker at the Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Depot.<p>Or, at …

Authors

Back to School Reading for Grown-Ups

The transition to fall has me forever conditioned to return to that back-to-school mindset.<p>I am sure by default of us all being here, it’s no shocker …

J.R.R. Tolkien

World literature is both a market reality and a global ideal – Martin Puchner

On the afternoon of 31 January 1827, a new vision of literature was born. On that day, Johann Peter Eckermann, faithful secretary to Johann Wolfgang …

Bilbo vs. Frodo: Who is the best Hobbit of all?

This week marks the 80th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s <i>The Hobbit —</i> the book that started it all. <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> may have been more epic and <i>The Silmarillion</i> more cosmically psychedelic, but <i>The Hobbit</i> was first. Right there in the title, it introduced Tolkien’s single greatest contribution to …

Entertainment

Fiction: The science in Sherlock Holmes

Maria Konnikova detects the fictional sleuth's inner researcher, 130 years on from his 'birth'.<p>Sherlock Holmes applies his chemical skills in this …

Sherlock Holmes

Eugene Hutz’s 10 Favorite Books

<i>Bookseller</i> <i>One Grand Books</i> <i>has asked literary celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with</i> …

Entertainment

The Enneagram Types of 99 Fictional Characters

The Enneagram is a personality typing system that has its origins in antiquity—with the Sufis and Desert Fathers. People have likened it to …

Harry Potter

How Oscar Wilde Helped Get Women Into Trousers

One small step for clothing historians, one giant leap for womankind.<p>The year was 1884, and Oscar Wilde was already something of a London celebrity. …

Culture

Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer: An Introduction

Welcome to the Silmarillion Primer, wherein I discuss, praise, and adoringly poke fun at J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal work in a series of essays, …

Books

Karl Ove Knausgaard on Holding Babies: An Illustration

In case you spent your summer catching up on all six volumes of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s <i>My Struggle,</i> and your thirst for the prose of the prolific Norwegian isn’t quenched, there’s good news. Just in time for autumn is, well, <i>Autumn,</i> his new book. Even better: it’s the first in a quartet, so there’s …

Culture

French and Saunders film their own take of The Handmaid's Tale

Comedians Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders prepare parodies as they revive sketch show 30 years after its first outing<p>Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to return to TV screens this Christmas, 30 years after the first series of their sketch show was broadcast.<p>The BBC1 festive special of French …

TV

5 Book Couples Costumes So You & Your Partner Can Bring Your Favorite Stories To Life

If you and your partner are both bookworms, then a book couples costume is definitely the way to go this Halloween season. The literary canon …

Samuel Beckett

Brontë sisters’ childhood home turned cafe is now for sale

Some original features remain intact<p>Brontëmaniacs rejoice! Not only can you sip tea in the dining room where literary lions Charlotte, Emily, and Anne were <i>b</i><i>orn</i>—you can own it, too. The young Brontë sisters lived at 72-74 Market Street in the U.K. village of Thornton between 1815 and 1820. For many …

Brontë Family

Lillian Ross, Longtime New Yorker Reporter, Dies at 99

Veteran journalist’s works appeared in the magazine for over 60 years<p>Lillian Ross, longtime reporter for The New Yorker, died Wednesday at the age of …

Entertainment

New Mark Twain fairy tale to be published next week

A bedtime story Mark Twain told his daughters in 1879 — never published before — will be released on Sept. 26 as a children’s book.<p><i>The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine</i> is an 11-chapter, 152-page illustrated storybook "for all ages" with a first printing of 250,000 copies. The unfinished story has …

Entertainment

New €20k prize to celebrate European 'literary richness'

The British Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has launched a €20,000 literature prize to promote the “extraordinary …

Zadie Smith on being wrong; The renewed relevance of Salman Rushdie’s “Shame”

Zadie Smith<p>Zadie Smith says that staying off of social media allows her to reserve the right to be wrong. “I have seen on Twitter, I’ve seen it at a …

Chelsea Handler and Cecile Richards to present at PEN Center Literary Awards

Chelsea Handler and Cecile Richards will present special awards at PEN Center USA’s 27th annual Literary Awards Festival next month, EW has learned exclusively.<p>Handler, who currently hosts the Netflix talk show <i>Chelsea</i>, will present the Freedom to Write Award to <i>New York Times</i> journalists Emily Steel …

Entertainment

Writer’s Block Is A Temporary Paralysis

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Authors

Gucci's Juvenilia Bag Honors the great Jane Austen

Gucci’s Juvenilia Bag Honors the great Jane Austen<p>Home » Fashion » Gucci’s Juvenilia Bag Honors the great Jane Austen<p>It’s safe to assume that Jane …

Jane Austen

Lillian Ross in The New Yorker

This morning, we learned that Lillian Ross died last night, at the age of ninety-nine. Ross was one of the legends of American journalism. She began writing for <i>The New Yorker</i> in 1945, during the Second World War, and her humanity, curiosity, and novelistic approach to reporting shaped not just this …

Culture

Thomas Mann's LA villa gets new residents

During his exile, Thomas Mann lived in a villa on the edge of Los Angeles. To honor its history, the German government purchased the house, which is …

World News

“Pure imagining,” within limits: Ursula K. Le Guin on The Hainish Novels & Stories | Library of America

Back <b>“Pure imagining,” within limits: Ursula K. Le Guin on The Hainish Novels & Stories</b><p>Interviews September 20, 2017<p>“Pure imagining,” within limits: …

Popular Fiction

Earthly Signs

Marina Tsvetaeva ranks with Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak as one of Russia’s greatest twentieth-century poets. Her suicide at …

Laurent Binet and the Case of the Dead Author

In Umberto Eco’s 1983 novel, <i>The Name of the Rose</i>, a ratiocinating monk named Baskerville and his assistant team up in search of a missing text—the …

Liberal View

Pro-choice campaigners dress as The Handmaid's Tale characters in protest outside Dáil

Pro-choice campaigners dressed as characters from TV series The Handmaid's Tale to protest outside the Dail this afternoon.<p>The demonstration by women …

News (Ireland)

The Story of Muckracker Upton Sinclair’s Dramatic Campaign for Governor of California

Upton Sinclair, born on this day in 1878, could have been California’s first star governor.<p>Sinclair was one of early twentieth century America’s …

A 1920 Review of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise

<i>I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again</i>*“The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating …

F. Scott Fitzgerald