Bookish Quote of the Day:
"Disparage no book, for it is also a part of the world."
-Nachman of Breslov
Today in Literary History...
On this day in 1852 Nikolai Gogol died at the age of forty-two. His unique style is a comic-tragic-absurd hybrid which has led to him being labeled the Hieronymous Bosch of Russian Literature. Having come under the sway of a fanatical priest late in life, and then been subjected to the treatments of several quack doctors, Gogol's last days mirrored one of his bizarre stories all too closely.
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Literary Pic of the Week:
"Bookworm" by Norman Rockwell, 1926
Book on my Radar:
by Anna Pietroni
Spiegel & Grau, 2010
Summary in a Sentence:
Isa Fly arrives in Cradle Cross, England, in 1933, and many of the town's residents feel an instant pull towards the mysterious young woman, but a group of tight-knit women are suspicious of Isa and accuse her of being a witch, setting in motion a shocking series of events that will change the town and its people forever.
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