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 ...

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Feb 5, 2015

New Harper Lee book sparks anticipation

Surprise, eager anticipation and a tinge of skepticism have surrounded the news that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee will publish a second novel, half a century after “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an American classic. Until Tuesday, when publisher Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, ...

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

Feb 1, 2015

A million rare documents damaged in Moscow fire

A fire that ripped through one of Russia’s largest university libraries is believed to have damaged more than a million historic documents, with some describing the fire as a cultural “Chernobyl.” The blaze, which started on Friday and was still not completely out on ...