Sunday, October 18, 2009

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

Bookish Quote Of the Day:

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Today in Literary History...

On this day in 1896 Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, the first of his masterpieces, premiered in St. Petersburg. The opening night was such a disaster that by Act Two Chekhov was hiding backstage from the jeering, and by 2 a.m., after hours of walking the streets alone, he was declaring, "Not if I live to be seven hundred will I write another play."

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Literary Pic of the Day:

Alice, from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1869), illustrated by John Tenniel

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New Book on my Radar: 

Summary in a Sentence:
Lieutenant Daniel Rooke sails to Australia and begins to work on charting the stars and makes greater discoveries when he bonds with Tagaran, an Aboriginal girl, but when a violent conflict arises between the Englishmen and the native tribes, Daniel is force to choose where his allegiance lies.

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Anonymous said...

Why are you hiding behind a plant? Is something wrong with your face?

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Yeah! I got hit! Oh, and the reason I'm hiding behind the plant is because I am so wondrously stunning your head would explode if you saw my face in its entirety. Douche...

Marie Cloutier said...

Gotta love Longfellow. I toured his house last summer- so neat. Love him!

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