Sunday, December 20, 2009

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

Bookish Quote of the Day:

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."

-Austin Phelps
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Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1929 D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned in the United States. This was only one of a series of censures from the book's first publication the year before until the landmark obscenity trials in 1959 (U.S.) and 1960 (Britain), but for Lawrence personally it may have been the most devastating. For Philip Larkin, on the other hand, life began "Between the end of the Chatterley ban / And the Beatles' first LP. . . ."

For more literary history, visit Today in Literature.

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Literary Pic of the Day:


                                                       Edward Gorey


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New Book on My Radar:


The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
by Peter Ackroyd
October 2009
368 pages

Summary in a Sentence:
When two nineteenth-century Oxford students—Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley—form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.

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18 comments:

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

I love the book quote! I'll say no to spending money on clothes because of cost, but then I'll spend that much on books!

Cleverly Inked said...

Very interesting

Shweta said...

Lovely quote.. And the book looks very intresting

Book Snob said...

Thanks for all the interesting facts and the book quote. Great post!

Marie said...

Great links- and I love the quote!

Suzanne said...

Hmmm, I've had my eye on The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein too! Thanks for all the literary musings today! I especially loved the Edward Gorey quote! BTW, I celebrated Jane Austen's birthday all week at Chick with Books! Stop by if you get a chance to take a peek at all the Austen 'inspired' books!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Thanks for the link :) I'm really looking forward to the Frankenstein book too. I enjoyed Becky's review of it.

Kirthi said...

I love the picture (as always!) The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein sounds odd, but then, odd books are always fun!

libraryallmyown said...

I love this post! The quote was my favorite - I love things like that!

Ryan G said...

I've had the Frankenstein book hanging around waiting to be read but something else always comes up. I read about the Laredo trouble in the paper today, what a sad situation.

Nymeth said...

I love Lawrence and Lady Chatterly <3 I also love Frankenstein, so I must keep an eye out for that book.

Alyce said...

I'll have to read Lady' Chatterley's Lover someday just to see what all the ruckus was about. :)

Eva said...

I read Lady Chatterley for banned books this year! :) It didn't have nearly as much s*x as I expected, LOL.

Lezlie said...

Just stopping to say Merry Christmas!

Lezlie

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Thats interesting about Lady Chatterly's Lover. My book club read it last year and I didnt think it was that bad.

Sarah said...

Hey, it's Sarah. You signed up for the We Didn't Start the Fire challenge. I just wanted to let you know that the post to post links to your reviews for the challenge is up at here is the link to the post to post your review links on! this is also linked in the sidebar of my blog. http://bookwormsarah.blogspot.com/2009/12/we-didnt-start-fire-challenge-2010-post.html

Kat said...

I read Lady Chatterley's Lover recently and loved it. By today's standards it's pretty tame.

kanishk said...

the book looks very intresting.

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