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The Most Influential Literary Spouses
When true literary geniuses leave their mark on the writing world, they often make it seem effortless. We mere mortals are left to ponder, “How is it...
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Consider the Footnote: Why Don’t More Authors Use This Powerful Tool?
Novels can be roughly divided into two broad categories. You have your books that simply seek to tell a good story1, and you have your novels that...
The 5 Worst Mothers in Literary History
As Philip Larkin wrote in the Greatest Poem of All Time (GPAT): “Man hands on misery to man/It deepens like a coastal shelf/Get out as early as you...
Essential Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day
Until quite recently, Great American Novelist Harper Lee was assumed to be, like Margaret Mitchell, the mother of a literary only child. She was one and...
10 Characters Who Ended Up With The Wrong People
Very often we turn to books for the satisfaction of a love story well told. If it’s done right, we get all swoony, clutch the tomes to our winsome...
6 Posthumous Books We Love
Before Franz Kafka died, he famously asked a friend to burn his unpublished writing, wishing for it never to see the light of day. That the man refused is...
9 Lesser-Known Baby Names from Classic Books
It may come as no surprise that “Katniss” was a hugely popular baby name in 2013. Great characters in literature often inspire enormous admiration from...
10 Book Titles that Would Rock as Heavy Metal Songs
Coming up with the title to a work is hard (except for New York Post headline writers), which makes for a convenient loophole in copyright law: Titles...
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The 7 Deadly Sins Reading List: Lust
You’ve been waiting for it. You know you have. Don’t deny it—we know it’s everyone’s favorite mortal sin. And why shouldn’t...
What T-Shirts Would These Literary Characters Have Worn?
Writers spend a lot of words trying to establish a character in readers’ hearts and minds. But if these authors had just put their protagonists in a...
Books We Love…That Are All About Books
How can a novelist go wrong when her subject is books? It’s the one topic for which all readers have a guaranteed soft spot. I’m no enemy to...