Fairy tale author's paper cutting sold

Charles Davis writes "
The largest known paper cutting made by Hans
Christian Andersen has been sold at auction in
his Danish homeland for 520,000 kroner
(£44,580) to a museum dedicated to the
The cutting, which is thought to have been
made in 1864, was inserted into one of the
fairy tale author's first editions.
Andersen often made elaborate paper cuttings
to give to friends and families. Full Story"


Paris: A toast to your favorite author

Jen Young points us to This CNN Story on the literary history of Paris.
They say that strolling about Paris is like a graduate course in comparative lit. American writers and artists still come to Paris to find themselves, or, like The Lost Generation of the '20s, to lose and booze themselves.


Chitty Chitty manuscript up for sale

Charles Davis saw Yahoo News Story on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Rare original manuscripts for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang go under the hammer next

The novel of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the flying car with a bubbly
personality was originally penned by James Bond author Ian
Fleming in 1961 as he recovered after a heart attack and is based
on stories he used to tell his son.

Fleming manuscripts are extremely rare. The major Fleming
collection held by the Lilly Library at Indiana University does not
even include an autograph manuscript or typescript of Chitty,
auction house Sotheby\'s said.

The manuscripts of the three original adventures as well as
sketches of the car are expected to fetch at least 12,000 pounds
when they go under the hammer in London on December 12.


The Case of the Novelist\'s Missing Museum

Ender spotted this LA Times Story on the Erle Stanley Gardner municipal museum, or lack thereof.
Ventura residents say it is downright criminal that no statue or municipal museum has been erected to celebrate their most famous and prolific author.
Gardner\'s mystery novels have sold about 300 million copies worldwide. They led to the creation of the \"Perry Mason\" television series, which made its debut in 1957 and ran until 1966.


Alexandre Dumas\' Remains Exhumed

The Guardian has a small story about France moving the medal clad and mustachioed bones of Alaxandre Dumas to the Pantheon in Paris.

The remains will be taken to Paris this weekend, his coffin flanked by musketeers and actors in period dress.

True, this information *might* be useful to answer a reference query some day, but let\'s get some practical value from this story. I suggest dressing up as a musketeer and making a book display of Dumas\' works.
The full story.


The fight over all things Kerouac

Here's An Interesting One on Jack Kerouac, and the fight over his $10-million estate.
They say the battle over Kerouac's estate and literary archive lingers in Pinellas circuit court, the stakes rising as the author's iconic status returned with the years. Fighting it out for a piece of the pie are his daughter, brother-in-law and Kerouac's closest living relative, a penniless nephew who lives out of a pickup truck parked at a garbage dump.


Cuba's best known novelists hold up critical mirror

CNN has A Story on Pedro Juan Gutierrez and Leonardo Padura, Cuba's two most widely acclaimed writers.
This story have them reflecting the differences between the frustrations and failings of real life on the island and the illusory world of government propaganda.


Michael Moore Caught At Own Game?

Wired Has A Fun One on Michael Moore. Moore wrote \"Years From Now They\'ll Call it Payback Tuesday\" two days before this year\'s election, predicting the Republicans would lose. After Republicans handily won majorities in both the House and Senate, the essay disappeared from Moore\'s site.
Bloggers dug up cached copies of the page and posted both text and screenshots to their journals. Others pasted it into Moore\'s own message board.


Stupid Decisions: Self-Censorship in America

Here's Another Story on Michael Moore, and the trouble he had with Stupid White Men.
If you're not familiar with the story it goes something like this, guy writes book, book gets printed, terrorists attack, publisher wants to pulp book, librarians catch wind of the pulping, book gets published, librarians save the day.
ReganBooks claims the librarians had minimal impact. "We did not receive a lot of comment from librarians, not a lot of feedback from outside,"
The rest of the article takes a good look at Self-censorship in the publishing industry.


The scandal that wasn't

This Story says the charges of plagiarism and intellectual theft against Yann Martel for "The Life of Pi" reflect more poorly on those who have propagated it than on Martel. The brouhaha provides less insight into the ethics of literary creation than the way the media can spead false claims.
They say the charges are as silly as bashing Shakespeare for his liberal borrowings from other writers. Taking inspiration is not copying or borrowing. It's the way of the world.



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