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Shelf notes: ‘Gatsby’ fever and literary dachshunds

Copies of “The Great Gatsby” are selling at an “extraordinary” rate, thanks to the publicity surrounding the Leonardo DiCaprio film of the novel, set to open on May 10. One caveat: do not read the

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For the third year in a row, Edgar Allan Poe’s biggest fan has failed to materialize at his grave in Baltimore: “When he appears, the Toaster is typically shrouded in a long coat, his head covered

Once upon a midnight dreary

Image via WikipediaEdgar Allan Poe – spinner of spine-tinglers and tales of hearts that won’t stay still – immediately springs to mind when Halloween approaches. Few other horror stories in literature

Happy Bloomsday

June 16, 1904 — The day that James Joyce’s hero Leopold Bloom made his way around Dublin in “Ulysses” is celebrated across the world, often with pints of Guinness, (“thick giblet soup”?) and readings
Categories: classics, General

Holden in the movies?

I came across this article recently about the prospect of filming “Catcher in the Rye”, and whether or not the book really is “unfilmable.”  Salinger naturally refused to sell the rights during his
Categories: classics, General, Movies

The Baker Street Irregulars

I finally went to see the new Sherlock Holmes adaptation with no small amount of trepidation. For years, Holmes and I have been very well acquainted and I was afraid my clear, well-defined image of a

A closer look at In Cold Blood

I picked up Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood this summer and slowly worked my way through most of it, only to leave it lying unattended by my bedside for months. Not that it isn’t a gripping tale. The

Another look at Jane

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre Despite the holiday rush, I have unofficially allotted this month as the time to catch up on all

‘Christmas, a humbug!’

Everyone knows ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The tale of the frightfully avaricious Scrooge, the impecunious Bob Cratchit and his effervescent Tiny Tim is all but inescapable during the holidays. There have
Categories: classics

Ode to Keats

  This seems to be the year of John Keats: in July, his house was reopened to the public in Hampstead Heath, London, and this week, “Bright Star”, the new film about Keats’ brief love affair with
Categories: classics, History, Movies