Harper Lee's new novel is a story of lost innocence

Jul 12, 2015

Harper Lee's new novel is a story of lost innocence

Like her classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Harper Lee novel coming out Tuesday is a coming of age story. And not just for Scout Finch. “Go Set a Watchman” is set in the famous fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the mid-1950s, 20 ...

'Mockingbird' sequel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Jul 11, 2015

'Mockingbird' sequel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Harper Lee’s new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch. “Go Set a Watchman” is set in the 1950s, 20 years after Lee’s celebrated “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and finds Atticus hostile to the growing civil rights ...

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

May 20, 2015

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

A British magazine has published an image of a figure that it says is the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime. The picture, of a young, bearded man wearing a Roman-style laurel crown and holding an ...

Apr 13, 2015

Celebrated German writer Guenter Grass dies at age 87

Gunter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87. ...

Mar 13, 2015

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the “Discworld” series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified ...

Feb 20, 2015

Nobel literature jury threatens to give leaked nominees the boot

Leaking names of writers shortlisted for the Nobel literature prize may lead to their disqualification from the prestigious award, the head of the prize jury warned Thursday. “There are nominators who like trumpeting in public which person they nominated,” Peter Englund, who is also ...