The literary world is forever in awe of the young writers, the wunderkinds, the 20 under 40, the 5 under 35, the 30 under 30. But many authors published their first major work later in life.… Read More
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Attention fans of Beatrix Potter and Emma Thompson (there is some crossover, we imagine): to celebrate Peter Rabbit’s 110th anniversary, the actress has written a new story starring the beloved bunny, which you can find on bookshelves today. In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, the eponymous rascally rabbit has grown bored with Mr. MacGregor’s patch and its environs (it’s been 110 years, after all), and hops on a horse-drawn cart headed for Scotland. As witty and clever as the original Potter books, it’s a fantastic new addition to the Peter Rabbit story. Inspired by Thompson’s effort, we got to thinking about some other children’s book series that deserve a new addition — if only because we loved them so much. See what we picked after the jump, and let us know which you’d choose in the comments. … Read More
Yesterday, we read on NPR about tweets from deceased writers and it got us thinking about the various authors and poets who have been resurrected in order to dole out advice, complaints, and fleeting thoughts in 140 characters or less. What could Melville tell us about whaling? (Too much, we think.) What’s happening with Flannery O’Connor’s peacock? And what has Sylvia Plath been dreaming about?
Some of these accounts are from fans, and others are by writers either as publicity stunts for their upcoming books or as a release from the work they’ve been doing all day. Inhabiting the voice of an esteemed writer is a challenge, and so it takes a certain amount of boldness to accept the task at hand. We think the accounts below are worth checking out, either for a laugh or for some desperately needed advice during your midday downtime at work. So read on, dear readers, and let us know who you’ve been following on Twitter, or who you would like to, in the comments section below. … Read More
We all know adults can be evil, but in the modern era we are still under the impression that children are born good. Which is why it scares the bejesus out of us to imagine a reality where wicked children reign. The youth below range from the ambiguously bad (e.g., Miles in Turn of the Screw) to the Antichrist (e.g., Damien in The Omen), with eight other stories in between. Is there any bad seed we missed, dear readers? Let us know in the comments section below. … Read More