Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Monstrosity Gazette: A weekly smattering of all things literary...

Bookish Quote of the Day:

lobster claw
"Books are like lobster shells: we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of  'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development."
-Dorothy Sayers


Samuel Johnson readingToday in Literary History...

On this day in 1784 Samuel Johnson died. Johnson's last years have been told According to Queeney (Beryl Bainbridge, 2001) and many others, but his large personality seems to escape any one perspective. According to Harold Bloom, Johnson may be beyond reach in all ways: "There is no bad faith in or about Dr. Johnson, who was as good as he was great, yet also refreshingly, wildly strange to the highest degree."

For more literary history, visit Today in Literature.



New Book on my Radar:

abigail adams by woody bolton book cover nonfiction
Abigail Adams
by Woody Holton
Hardcover: Nov 2009
512 pages.
Summary in a Sentence:

In this vivid new biography of Abigail Adams, the most illustrious woman of America's founding era, prize-winning historian Woody Holton offers a sweeping reinterpretation of Adams's life story and of women's roles in the creation of the republic.



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7 comments:

Mary said...

This is the first I've heard of the Abigail Adams book. Thanks for mentioning it!

Kirthi said...

Lobster shells...that's a creative analogy! It's so true!

Eva said...

I love that Sayers quote! :D

Ryan G said...

Anytime I get to see Wilbur is a great day.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Thanks for the link to A Christmas Carol manuscript. I'm reading that with my students right now!

Alyce said...

That's so true about growing out of books. I always feel sad when a book just doesn't seem great any more when it used to be a favorite.

Thanks for linking to my review!

Marie said...

I love Charlotte's Web- great picture :-)

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