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“My Work Did Not ‘Evolve’”

“My work did not ‘evolve’ into a serious work. It started like that,” states a somewhat testy J. R. R. Tolkien in response to a request for information about himself and his books from Miss Bradley at the London office of the New York Times. Tolkien, … Continue reading

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By the Author of ‘Jane Eyre’

A while back we blogged about the first edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. The publisher promoted the book with the suggestion that it was written by Charlotte Bronte (rather than Anne).  Well, we just acquired the first American edition of W… Continue reading

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Research Can Be Essential

My recent book, The Living Moment: Modernism in a Broken World, was published by the Northwestern University Press and was my tenth book. In 2001 the Yale University Press published my┬áSmiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Renewal of Higher … Continue reading

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Before He Was Anybody

Peter Rabbit is one of the most famous characters in the world of children’s literature. But he wasn’t always that well known. In fact, as with almost every other author, Beatrix Potter was initially unable to find a publisher for her story due to the … Continue reading

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The Playfully Morbid World of Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey described his mission in life as “to make everybody as uneasy as possible… I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.” As a writer and artist, Gorey has created his own uneasy world, through th… Continue reading

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