Literature

  • July 10, 2013    

    By Liao Yiwu, Translated by Wenguang Huang (Composed on the morning of June 4, 1989) Dedicated to those who were killed on June 4, 1989 Dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution Leap! Howl! Fly! Run! Freedom feels … Continue reading

  • July 4, 2013    

    O July 4, 2001, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky read aloud for NewsHour viewers the concluding section of Walt Whitman’s “By Blue Ontario’s Shore,” Pinsky said, “Whitman’s list of what he ‘will not shirk’ remains an attractive agenda and can inspire a credible patriotism.” Here, for the 4th of July, are Walt Whitman’s lines:
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  • June 13, 2013    

    Author Walter Mosley has written more than 40 books. His new mystery novel, “Little Green,” revives one of the best-known, longest-running characters in American literature. Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, Mosley’s fictional private eye, was last seen driving off a cliff.
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  • November 18, 2010   BY  

    Known for her poetry and her rock ‘n’ roll, music legend Patti Smith has now been honored for her prose with a National Book Award, given out Wednesday night in New York.
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  • July 8, 2010    

    “What He’s Poised To Do” is a new story collection by New Yorker editor Ben Greenman. The stories feature and often take place in the form of letters, and explore our attempts to connect over time.
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  • May 21, 2010    

    “Island Beneath the Sea,” by author Isabel Allende, is set in the early 19th-century, amid colonial powers and slavery, and a chaotic period in Caribbean history. It also involves two places very much in the news in our own time: Haiti and New Orleans.
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  • March 15, 2010    

    “July in Washington” is from Robert Lowell “Collected Poems” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). Lowell, who died in 1977, is best known for his volume “Life Studies,” “but his true greatness as an American poet lies in the astonishing variety of his work.”
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  • February 26, 2010   BY  

    Jeffrey Brown talks to Orhan Pamuk, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature and the author of the novel “The Museum of Innocence,” which was published late last year.
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  • February 12, 2010   BY  

    Ursula Le Guin, best for her works of science fiction and fantasy, has been writing and publishing novels, children’s books, poetry and drama for over four decades. In December, she withdrew her membership from the Author’s Guild because she disagreed with the organization’s stance on the author settlement offered by Google in its plan to digitize millions of books.
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  • December 31, 2009   BY  

    Books in the aughts were not all for naught: there were mega novels (like Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections” and Junot Diaz’s “The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”), a boom in book clubs, and the birth of the e-reader.
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