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Monday, March 19, 2018

“A Haunted House,” a very short story by Virginia Woolf

Whatever hour you woke there was a door shutting. From room to room they went, hand in hand, lifting here, opening there, making sure—a ghostly couple.

“Here we left it,” she said. And he added, “Oh, but here too!” “It’s upstairs,” she murmured. “And in the garden,” he whispered. “Quietly,” they said, “or we shall wake them.”

But it wasn’t that you woke us. Oh, no.

Read more: Biblioklept

Effects of Sylvia Plath Are On The Block

Plath’s vintage mint green Hermes 3000—with which she wrote The Bell Jar

The belongings of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes will go to auction in London at the end of this month. The personal collection includes rare books, manuscripts, and memorabilia.

Plath graduated first in her class at Bradford Senior High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 1950.
According to her class yearbook, called The Wellesleyan, Plath was “clever with chalk and paints”
and a “future writer.” This yearbook is inscribed beside her photograph with a note to her pal, Patricia O’Neill:
“Dear Pat – Leaves & sun, pine needles and hamburgs – all this and the best friend a girl could ever have.”

Their daughter Frieda Hughes hopes the sale will “enable others to take on the preservation and enjoyment of these literary relics. In identifying which items to sell, I realised that much of what I owned, redolent of my parents’ joint history, told a story; one item made sense of other items—the books and the pamphlets and the poems, signed by my mother or father, represented important aspects of their literary lives and were evidence of their powerful partnership.”

Read more:  Literary Hub

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Grown Men Reading 'Nancy'

The appeal of Nancy to the art comic crowd might seem counter-intuitive, but while Nancywas never particularly clever, it was always cleverly constructed. In fact, the accomplishment of Nancy, with its refined, reduced lines and preoccupation with plungers and faucets, might primarily be a matter of form. The beauty of cartooning may be difficult to appreciate, especially for those who have not been versed in cartooning for years. By dissecting this gag strip so systematically, How to Read Nancy is important for people working in the form, and also for the cartooning medium as a whole to be understood and recognized as the unique art form that it is.
Read more: The New York Review of Books

Read Eudora Welty’s short story “The Death of a Traveling Salesman”

R. J. Bowman, who for fourteen years had traveled for a shoe company through Mississippi, drove his Ford along a rutted dirt path. It was a long day! The time did not seem to clear the noon hurdle and settle into soft afternoon. The sun, keeping its strength here even in winter, stayed at the top of the sky, and every time Bowman stuck his head out of the dusty car to stare up the road, it seemed to reach a long arm down and push against the top of his head, right through his hat-like the practical joke of an old drummer, long on the road. It made him feel all the more angry and helpless. He was feverish, and he was not quite sure of the way.

This was his first day back on the road after a long siege of influenza. He had had very high fever, and dreams, and had become weakened and pale, enough to tell the difference in the mirror, and he could not think clearly. . . . All afternoon, in the midst of his anger, and for no reason, he had thought of his dead grandmother. She had been a comfortable soul. Once more Bowman wished he could fall into the big feather bed that had been in her room. . . . Then he forgot her again.

Read more: Biblioklept

Friday, March 16, 2018

Chords of Mystery: 10 Selections from Irish Poets

The Cranberries singer and songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away earlier this year, became part of an age-old tradition involving Irish poets: when they speak, the world turns its head to listen. In fact, the band’s 1994 album No Need to Argue even included a shout-out to W.B. Yeats, quoting his poem No Second Troy in their song Yeats’ Grave:
Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
Had they but courage equal to desire?
More: Signature Reads

Selma Lagerlöf: Surface and Depth

In 2011 many countries around the world welcomed The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and the other works of the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf into the public domain. Jenny Watson looks at the importance of Lagerlöf’s oeuvre and the complex depths beneath her seemingly simple tales and public persona.

More: The Public Domain Review

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dear Book Therapist

Do you have a problem? Do you want a book to help you solve it? Book Therapist is Rosalie Knecht, LMSW, a licensed therapist and novelist. She will be taking questions monthly for Lit Hub at booktherapy@lithub.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @rosalieknecht and Instagram @rosaliekn.

Read more: Literary Hub

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Highlights from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

The fifty-eighth New York Antiquarian Book Fair, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), opened March 8 at the Park Avenue Armory and runs through Sunday.
Some of the items on display include Shakespeare folios and quartos and ephemera, Einstein’s Bible and his letter on “God’s secrets,” a manuscript poem by Jane Austen, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s copy of the Odyssey, and the four-million-dollar Hamilton Collection, complete with a lock of his hair. There are also far stranger items, such as the “first salad monograph,” an instructional needlepoint from Shakespeare, and a shooting script from the Kurosawa classic Yojimbo

Top Nonfiction Crime Books

"In these excellent books we see how all lives—from the perpetrators and the investigators, to the victims and their families—are profoundly changed by the destruction detailed within."
I wouldn't have said that true crime is a genre that appears often on my list of must reads but when I went through these 25 nonfiction crime books I was surprised to find that I had read eight. Most recently I read The Fact Of A Body: A Murder And A Memoir. It read so much like a novel I didn't realize it was a true account until I was almost through it.

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Long before Google, Winnipeggers found answers in library's Where File

You can spend hours and find details and information you would never find otherwise in an index-card cabinet.

More: CBC News

Thanks Bruce!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Heritage Minutes: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery battled depression, rejection, and sexism to become known around the world for Anne of Green Gables and 19 other novels.

Fictional Homes We'd Like to Live In

From Rebecca's Manderlay to The Navidson House in House of Leaves Literary Hub has reached into the pages of some of our favourite books for its list of 10 homes that beckon us.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1923) an experiment in stop-motion animation.

Artist Reveals the Obsessive Process of Translating Her Father's Novel

"In 2015, Asuka Goto began translating her father’s novel, Elizabeth, from Japanese to English. Over the course of three years, Goto annotated the book’s 200-plus pages and translated the words by hand. Rather than complete a separate manuscript, she left her rendition alongside her father’s, revealing the thought and labor that goes into a translation."

More here