Posts Tagged ‘British literature’

Virginia Woolf: an Animation of One’s Own

May 28, 2016

The School of Life humanities series takes on writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).

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Happy Birthday, Charlie Dickens

February 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Charlie Dickens

Author Charles Dickens was born 202 years ago today. He was a peculiar person, being obsessive-compulsive, a practical joker and an egomaniac and all, and he was pretty odd as a writer, too. He published his novels in weekly or monthly installments before he finished them, which must have been nerve-wracking for author and editor alike.

Serial writing, one episode at a time, without a predetermined ending. Maybe we should think of Dickens as a sort of Victorian blogger.

Related:

“Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens: The Beloved Writer on Grief and How to Heal a Mourning Heart,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

The Dickens Project

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Happy 238th Birthday, Jane Austen. You Go Girl!

December 16, 2013

Happy 238th Birthday Jane Austen. You Go Girl!

Miss Jane Austen celebrates her 238th birthday today, December 16th, four days after the 200th anniversary of the publication of her novel Pride and Prejudice. Whilst she modestly declines comment, Miss Austen’s Facebook friends are celebrating with country dancing, house visits, cream tea, sherry, dramatic programmes, and contests. How jolly!

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Jane Austen, Teen Queen

June 21, 2012

Jane Austen, Teen Queen

New evidence suggests that a 1789 painting by Ozias Humphry is a portrait of a 13-year-old Jane Austen. Using digital photo analysis, Stephen Cole of Acume Forensics discovered faint written inscriptions on the canvas identifying the budding author and the artist.

Wealthy lawyer Francis Austen had his portrait painted by Ozias Humphry, and young Miss Austen probably sat for the artist while visiting great uncle Francis in Kent. Perhaps she snuck away from her uncle’s house to hang out with other teens at the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre food court.

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Happy Birthday Charlie Dickens

February 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Charlie Dickens

As you (like Google) may know, author Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago today. He was a peculiar person, being obsessive-compulsive, a practical joker and an egomaniac and all, but he was pretty odd as a writer, too. He published his novels in weekly or monthly installments before he finished them, which must have been nerve-wracking for author and editor alike.

Serial writing, one episode at a time, without a predetermined ending. Maybe we should think of Dickens as a sort of Victorian blogger.

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