France marvels at high society beauty who made Proust swoon

Nov 13, 2015

France marvels at high society beauty who made Proust swoon

She was France’s great high society beauty, who so drove Marcel Proust to distraction that he went to his grave begging for a photograph of her. The crowned heads of Europe were equally in awe of her, with many dropping in on her Parisian ...

Jamaica's Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction

Oct 14, 2015

Jamaica's Marlon James wins Booker Prize for fiction

Marlon James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with a vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Michael Wood, chairman of the judging panel, said “A Brief History of Seven ...

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

Aug 23, 2015

Novelist Ishiguro's notes and works head to Texas library

The sweeping archives of award-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro will be heading to a University of Texas research library, including a discarded opening chapter for his best-known book, “The Remains of the Day,” the university said. The novelist, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 ...

Firm helps people dispose of dead relatives' dirty mags

Aug 13, 2015

Firm helps people dispose of dead relatives' dirty mags

Once upon a time before the Internet, pornography fans collected magazines. Now a London firm is helping people get rid of the collections that dead relatives have left behind — discreetly, of course. Say your father has died and you find his pornography collection ...

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 ...