…is a fascinating and priceless literary and cultural treasure. Filling the years 1919-1938, it is a neat autobiography of his (and Zelda’s) professional output and earnings. The whole thing is now available on-line. Go there, go there now! It is a first-class time-waster worth every second.
Marie de Sévigné died on 4/17/1696. “The desire to be singular and to astonish by ways out of the common seems to me to be the source of many virtues.” (A voluminous correspondence, via letters to her daughter)
Isak Dinesen was born on 4/17/1885. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” (Seven Gothic Tales; Out of Africa; Anecdotes of Destiny)
Thornton Wilder was born on 4/17/1897. “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?” (The Long Christmas Dinner; Our Town; The Merchant of Yonkers; The Skin of Our Teeth; The Matchmaker; The Bridge of San Luis Rey; Ides of March; The Eighth Day) Continue reading →
Welcome to A Small Press Life’s Irregular Index of Literary Facts, a new feature designed to give lovely order to the random bookish trivia traveling around my brain. If you like lists, mental organization, random facts, or useless trivia about authors famous and obscure, you will definitely want to keep reading.
DEBUT NOVELS, DEAD WRITERS EDITION: PART ONE
The following books represent the first published novels of their respective authors, which were not always the first to be written. All novels are readily available in both traditional and e-reader versions.
Louisa May Alcott: Moods
Sherwood Anderson: Windy McPherson’s Son
Gertrude Atherton: What Dreams May Come
Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility
James Baldwin: Go Tell it on the Mountain
Djuna Barnes: Ryder
Arna Bontemps: God Sends Sunday: A Novel
Elizabeth Bowen: The Hotel
Paul Bowles: The Sheltering Sky
Kay Boyle: Plagued by the Nightingale
Louis Bromfield: The Green Bay Tree
Anne Brontë: Agnes Grey
Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre
Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights
Pearl S. Buck: East Wind: West Wind
Fanny Burney: Evelina: Or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World
Found is the new, official online archive blog of National Geographic, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Be warned. As with everything I showcase on Love at First Site, the content is mesmerizing. History pours forth from the photographs with a kinetic, moving vibrancy. Fortunately for your time management needs, Found is in its early stages. I plan on checking back often. Will you?