Poe letter sells for $20,000 at Christie's

A signed 1840 letter by Poe that a volunteer for an east side Milwaukee church found in its walk-in safe last year was sold for a $20,000 bid at at Christie's auction in New York Tuesday. The Poe letter was among many literary materials that were auctioned Tuesday. Not all fared well.
Jack London, and F. Scott Fitzgerald did poorly, but Nathaniel Hawthorne did well.
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My life as a writer has been very lucky

Author Don DeLillo and the Steppenwolf Theater put on a staged reading of excerpts from his novel Cosmopolis. Story in the Chicago Tribune (free registration may be required).


Hemingway\'s Letters to Dietrich Are Given to Library

Charley Hively writes "30 of Ernest Hemingway's letters have been donated to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston. The letters, never made public, will remain sealed for four years, according to the wishes of Dietrich's heirs. Brief samples of the letters, provided to The New York Times, offer an intimate glimpse into an abiding friendship between two cultural legends of the 20th century that until now was understood in only limited detail. Though the letters are deeply affectionate and Dietrich and Hemingway were both sex symbols for their generation — he the literary lion, she the silver-screen siren — their descendants maintain the relationship was entirely platonic.
Full Story @ The NYTimes.



Between the sheets

This One has a few complaints about new authors. They say There are no books about secret agents and plane crashes anymore. Instead, we are condemned to a literary diet of female insurance lawyers assigning tasks to private detectives by day and rubbing Dencorub on their glands at night.

"Show me a book published by a female author in the past 10 years and I will find you a page, if not a whole chapter, specifically dedicated to chafed nipples.


Author/Playwright Paul Zindel dies at 66

San Jose Mercury News story: Paul Zindel won a Pulitzer in the 1970s for his play "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-moon Marigolds". He was also a celebrated writer of books for young adults, including My Darling, My Hamburger, The Pigman and The Pigman's Legacy, and Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball!. The New York Times reports that he succumbed to cancer, and also talks about the troubled childhood that inspired his work.


Who knew Charlotte wrote such racy stuff?

Here's An AP Article on Charlotte Bronte's novella Stancliffe's Hotel, written in 1838, will be published for the first time, shedding new light on one of Britain's most famous writers. It will be published by Penguin in June and later this year in a volume with four other novellas set in the fictional kingdom of Angria, created by Charlotte and her brother Branwell.

"I think it will change the way in which she's still seen, rather patronizingly, as a woman writer who wrote only about her own concerns," said Glen, who teaches at Cambridge University. "It's very humorous and racy; there's something almost modernist about it with the odd juxtaposition of scenes."


Sendak, Noestlinger Win Literature Award

SomeOne pointed to This Newsday Story that says American Maurice Sendak and Austrian Christine Noestlinger, whose tales have amused and informed millions of kids, were given the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature Tuesday.


American author sees best into England's soul

SomeOne writes "The Guardian Says readers have voted for the title which best voices what they see as the soul of their region.
Their choice for England, announced today, is a book by an American author which says the country has spent the past 50 years viewing itself as "a chronic failure".

The good news is that Bill Bryson's account of England, in Notes from a Small Island, gets rosier. The bad news is that the pictures of Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland given by home-grown authors are even worse.



Magic Powers - Richard Powers That Is

The Guardian Looks At Richard Powers, who they say is being hailed by some critics as America's greatest living novelist.

"A book is still atemporal. It is you, in silence, hearing voices in your head, unfolding at a time that has nothing to do with the timescale of reading. And for the hours that we retreat into this moratorium, with the last form of private and silent human activity that isn't considered pathological, we are outside of time."


Mystery writer sounds civil liberties alarm

Bob Cox pointed to This One on Sara Paretsky, who plans to speak out on what she perceives as the erosion of personal privacy and freedoms in America, Paretsky’s topic will be "Writing in an Age of Silence: Truth, Lies, or Duct Tape."

"I’m scared by the way our civil liberties are disappearing," she said in a telephone interview. "The events of the last 18 months are really both silencing Americans and causing us to live under a toxic cloud of lies and silence."



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