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Today is the birthday of George
Bernard Shaw, born in Dublin in 1856. He
produced over sixty plays but made his money from
writing music and literary criticism. He wrote
dramas about ideas at a time when other playwrights
were focusing on sentimental melodramas. His
writing dealt sternly with prevailing social problems,
though his humour made his messages more
palatable. He was an ardent socialist and he
often targeted those who exploited the working
Women In Translation
With the buzz for Women In Translation Month gaining momentum, you may be wondering, "Where do I begin? I don't know of any female translated authors"... read on
And I Quote...
Against the sustained tick of a watch, fiction takes the measure of a life, a season, a look exchanged, the turning point, desire as brief as a dream, the grief and terror that after childhood we cease to express ~ Mavis Gallant
The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist has been announced, with geographical boundaries expanded from previous years.
George RR Martin donates $10,000 to UK wolf charity following 13-year-old's pocket money plea.
Lauren Collins asks how Nora Roberts became America's most popular novelist.
The Silver Swan,
The silver swan, who living had no note,
When death approached, unlocked her silent throat;
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more:
“Farewell, all joys; Oh death, come close mine eyes;
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.”