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Osborne's Look Back in Anger

On this day in 1956 John Osborne's first play, Look Back in Anger, opened at London's Royal Court Theatre. The press release for the play called the twenty-six-year-old Osborne "an angry young man," a phrase that would become a label for a generation. Critic Clive Barnes cites the opening night of Look Back in Anger as the "ac ...
Full article at: Today in Literature May 8 2012, 11:15pm CDT
 

Osborne's Look Back in Anger

On this day in 1956 John Osborne's first play, Look Back in Anger, opened at London's Royal Court Theatre. The press release for the play called the twenty-six-year-old Osborne "an angry young man," a phrase that would become a label for a generation. Critic Clive Barnes cites the opening night of Look Back in Anger as the "actual birthday...of modern British theatre." Continue story o ...
Full article at: Today in Literature May 8 2012, 11:15pm CDT
 

Faulkner in Hollywood

On this day in 1932 William Faulkner reluctantly arrived in Hollywood to begin work as a screenwriter, a labor that would last, on and off, for twenty years. Faulkner had already published The Sound and the Fury, and although far from a popular success he was regarded as one of America's most talented young writers; on the other hand, a local store ...
Full article at: Today in Literature May 7 2012, 5:15pm CDT
 

Kentucky Derby only 6 days away!

By this time next week we'll all know who the Kentucky Derby winner is and I won't be surprised with a long shot winner, as there are several very good priced horses with win capability! You don't have to be a genius to identify the favorite after Bodemeister's huge run in the Arkansas Derby, by far the most impressive of all the Derby preps! Personally, I wish he had saved that effort for May fifth as 108 would have very likely taken the Derby down, but you definitely can ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 29 2012, 6:17pm CDT
 

Chaucer's Pilgrims

On this day (or possibly the next) in 1394, Geoffrey Chaucer's twenty-nine pilgrims met at the Tabard Inn in Southwark to prepare for their departure to Canterbury. Chaucer's intention was to have his pilgrims arrive on Easter morning, after a fifty-five-mile hike through a pleasant English springtime; the pilgrims never made it, though the poetry endures. Con ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 19 2012, 11:05am CDT
 

Looking For Sister Carrie

On this day in 1981 the University of Pennsylvania Press issued their edition of Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie, in which some 40,000 words are restored to the text and various changes to the original manuscript are reversed. Far from settling the issue, the Pennsylvania edition provided yet another chapter to one of the most famous and controversial stories in American book publishing. Continue story on o ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 18 2012, 10:00pm CDT
 

Lessing's Golden Notebook

On this day in 1962, Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook was published. It is the most highly-praised and still the best-selling of her two dozen books. Lessing has described it as an attempt "to break certain forms of consciousness and go beyond them"; she has also said that the novel became "an albatross" hung around her neck by a feminist misreading. Continue story on our site. ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 18 2012, 12:22am CDT
 

"Comes the Muckrake Man"

On this day in 1906, borrowing from John Bunyan, President Roosevelt made his famous speech labeling as "muckrakers" the new breed of investigative writers -- Ida Tarbell (Standard Oil), Lincoln Steffens (municipal politics), David Graham Phillips (Senate politics), Ray Stannard Baker (treatment of minorities), Samuel Hopkins Adams (patent medicines), Upton Sinclair (the meat industry), and others. Continue story on oursite ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 15 2012, 4:23pm CDT
 

Young Seamus Heaney

On this day in 1939 Seamus Heaney was born. His first collection of poems earned four major awards and provoked Christopher Ricks to declare that those "who remain unstirred by Seamus Heaney's poems will simply be announcing that they are unable to give up the habit of disillusionment with recent poetry." There have been almost three dozen books since, and the list of awards includes the 1995 Nobel. Continue sto ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 13 2012, 10:28pm CDT
 

Dorothy Parker Closes

On this day in 1931, Dorothy Parker stepped down as drama critic for The New Yorker, so ending the "Reign of Terror" she endured while reviewing plays, and that others endured while being reviewed by her. Parker was a drama critic for only a half-dozen years in a 50-year career, but her Broadway days brought her first fame and occasioned some of her most memorable lines. Continue story on ...
Full article at: Today in Literature Apr 12 2012, 11:22pm CDT
 



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