[Our First Book Giveaway] The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

I’ve no idea how it happened, but I own two copies of The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose. As much as I love books, I obviously don’t need more than one copy of anything. I’ve decided to gift one lucky reader with the extra one.

The Lives of the Muses

The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose [cover image courtesy Goodreads]

To read more about the book, go here.

How to enter: leave a comment. That is all! If you’d like to go the extra mile and like us on Facebook, that would be lovely. The contest is open internationally. The winner will be chosen on 9th September 2014. Good luck!

[Alternative Muses] Coming and Going: Edgar Degas/Margaret Fuller Mashup

Ironing Woman by Edgar Degas, 1869

1869: Ironing Woman by Edgar Degas (born on 7/19/1834)

“I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.”-Margaret Fuller (died on 7/19/1850)

Dancers Practicing at the Bar by Edgar Degas, 1877

1877: Dancers Practicing at the Bar by Edgar Degas

Characters in Art: Lady Macbeth

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent, 1889

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent, 1889

Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent, 1889

“Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under’t.”-Lady M

[Book Nerd Links] Dangerdust: Literary Chalk Art, by Stealth

Each Week, Two Anonymous Students Sneak into a Classroom and Proceed to Blow Everyone’s Mind [courtesy viralnova]

An interesting story from my hometown. I love this duo’s use of literary quotes and themes. Be sure to follow the link at the bottom of the article to their Instagram page.

J.M. Barrie Quote by Dangerdust

J.M. Barrie Quote by Dangerdust

Happy Birthday, Lionel Barrymore: Actor, Artist, Novelist…

…director, composer, screenwriter, and inventor. His novel, Mr. Cantonwine: A Moral Tale, was published in 1953. I read it as a high schooler (in the 1990s). Why, yes, I was that teenager. Here is Mr. Barrymore as a younger man:

Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore: Born 28 April 1878.

Writers in Art: Anna Akhmatova by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

Anna Akhmatova by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, 1922.

Portrait of Anna Akhmatova, 1922 by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

Portrait of Anna Akhmatova, 1922 by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

“You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms…”-Anna Akhmatova