Bookish Quote of the Day:
"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
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:
by Woody Holton
Hardcover: Nov 2009
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.
Interesting Links to Peruse:
- Nancy Pearl's book picks.
- Alyce from At Home With Books reviews Mennonite in a little black dress.
- See Dickens' manuscript of A Christmas Carol.
- Amanda from The Zen Leaf reviews Born on a blue day.