Category Archives: Writing

Isn’t It Romantic

Happy Valentine’s Day ! This beautiful edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s romantic poems Sonnets from the Portuguese was published in Venice in 1906. The lovely miniature book was handset and bound in vellum. H/t to the University of Iowa Special Collections Library.

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Questions from the Audience

h/t tip Tom Gauld

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Falter not O book, fulfil your destiny

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world’s longest and saddest book

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Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough

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Shun Literary Prizes


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It’s World Read Aloud Day

Today is the annual World Read Aloud Day across the globe. As part of the ongoing campaign to encourage reading to children of all ages, the international nonprofit LitWorld has teamed-up with publisher Scholastic. Activities have been planned for classrooms and libraries to help … Continue reading

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Literary Illustration

There is a long history of utilizing maps as a mode of literary illustration. The current exhibition Landmarks: Maps As Literary Illustration at Harvard’s Houghton Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts brings together a wonderful collection of more than sixty literary maps of places … Continue reading

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Effective Dreams

I was saddened to read this week of the death of the legendary writer Ursula K. Le Guin. One of America’s literary greats of the 20th and 21st centuries, she was also an inspirational feminist pioneer and steadfast opponent of … Continue reading

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Happy 200th Anniversary Frankenstein

This week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic science fiction novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The teenage author created the iconic tale after the poet Byron challenged her to come up with an original … Continue reading

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