[Book Nerd Links] Where Famous Writers Lived…

The Homes of 18 Legendary Writers [ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST]

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[Book Nerd Links] Bas Bleu, Libraries, Shakespeare/Tolstoy, and Shaw

[Book Nerd Links] Four Posts for Mid-Week Reading

[A Holiday Shopping Spree for the Bookworm] Second Stop: Terrific Friends by Diana Shafer

I love bookish goodies almost as much as I love actual books, and reading. Being a bookworm is not a hobby: it is an all-enveloping, personality-defining lifestyle. The holiday season is just getting started, which means it is time to go shopping the literary way! Over the next two weeks, I will take you on a virtual bookish shopping spree to some of my favourite lit sites!

In 2013, we visited some wonderful literary museums. This year, I am delighted to showcase several amazing book-themed Etsy shops. Let’s get started!

TERRIFIC FRIENDS BY DIANA SHAFER

This shop is full of whimsical, beautifully rendered prints of famous writers. They’re all very witty. Try falling in love with just one. I dare you.

MY FAVOURITE PIECES:

SHOP INFO:

  • TERRIFIC FRIENDS BY DIANA SHAFER: ETSY STORE
  • LOCATION: BOISE, IDAHO
  • ARTIST: DIANA SHAFER
  • ARTIST INFO: HERE

Writers in Art: Portrait of Leo Tolstoy in His Study by Ilya Repin

By now, it is obvious that I love Ilya Repin’s paintings of famous Russian writers. This image of Tolstoy illustrates why: the coupling of serenity and realism is a powerful combination.

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy in His Study by Ilya Repin, 1891

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy in His Study by Ilya Repin, 1891

[Forgotten Gems] Free e-books Edition: Reminiscences of Tolstoy, by His Son

There are many amazing, often obscure works of literature available as free e-books: small slices of earthly and intellectual paradise waiting to be uncovered. Finding dusty old gems can take a bit of work and patience, but this exercise is my kind of fun. I thought it would be nice to share my discoveries with you on a regular basis. First up:

Reminiscences of Tolstoy, by His Son by Graf Ilia Lvovich Tolstoi [Project Gutenberg]

Leo's son Ilia as an old man

Leo’s son Ilia as an older man.