Quick round-up

Here’s the standard response the New York Times is issuing to readers who’ve written to express outrage over the pending direction of the book review.

This week’s online version of The New Yorker offers an audio perspective on comedy and cartoons.

A Norman Mailer profile in The Scotsman asserts that Mailer “has produced no incontrovertibly great book…”

Lost letters documenting the secret courtship and marriage of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett have been found. They reveal that Browning was, after all, able to get on with his life after Barrett’s death. The Independent observes that the poet “found solace in an intense friendship with Julia Wedgwood, a member of the famous pottery dynasty who was 21 years his junior.” The Scotsman, however, assures us that the letters “show how the romance was overshadowed by the writer’s devotion to his late wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning.” Mm, hmm.

“After a painfully slow year in the book trade, Canadian publishers are facing 2004 with cautious optimism.”

Russian Nobel prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the daughter of Socialist revolutionaries have written “dueling accounts of [an] alliance gone awry.”

Jane Austen, Public Theologian?

“As Edith Grossman’s translation of Don Quixote is published, A.S. Byatt considers the influence of Cervantes’ masterpiece on the development of the modern novel.”

(Some links via Bookninja, The Elegant Variation, Arts Journal, A&L Daily, and Return of the Reluctant, respectively.)


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