vintageanchorbooks:

Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley
"Nothing makes you think about death quite like a birthday. For no writer is this a more appropriate paradox than for Mary Shelley, who was born on August 30th, 1797. Shelley’s most famous work, the reason why we remember her birth 217 years after it occurred, is Frankenstein, which tells the story of a young doctor who creates a living being out of dead body parts, leading to much sorrow.”
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vintageanchorbooks:

Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley

"Nothing makes you think about death quite like a birthday. For no writer is this a more appropriate paradox than for Mary Shelley, who was born on August 30th, 1797. Shelley’s most famous work, the reason why we remember her birth 217 years after it occurred, is Frankenstein, which tells the story of a young doctor who creates a living being out of dead body parts, leading to much sorrow.”

Read more on Biographile…

penamerican:

In honor of Flannery O’Connor, who was born on this day in 1925, here are some of her thoughts on the joys and perils of reading and writing.
I write to discover what I know.Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.

penamerican:

In honor of Flannery O’Connor, who was born on this day in 1925, here are some of her thoughts on the joys and perils of reading and writing.

I write to discover what I know.

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.

People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.

The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.

amandaonwriting:

1932-33 A May Alcott, Louisa “Little Women
1936 F Dickens, Charles “A Tale of Two Cities
1936 F Shakespeare, William “Romeo and Juliet
1937 F Buck, Pearl S. “The Good Earth
1939 A Mitchell, Margaret “Gone with the Wind" (Best Picture)
1939 F Steinbeck, John “Of Mice and Men
1939 N Brontë, Emily “Wuthering Heights
1940 N Steinbeck, John “The Grapes of Wrath
1947 N Dickens, Charles “Great Expectations
1955 N Steinbeck, John “East of Eden
1959 F Frank, Anne “Diary of a Young Girl" (Film Title: The Diary of Anne Frank)
1962 A Lee, Harper “To Kill a Mockingbird
1965 A Pasternak, Boris “Doctor Zhivago
1968 F Shakespeare, William “Romeo and Juliet
1968 F Tolstoi, Lew Nikolajewitsch “War and Peace" [Война и мир = Woina i mir)]
1970 N Segal, Erich “Love Story”
1976 L Becker, Jurek “Jakob der Lügner" [Jacob the Liar]
1977 N Green, Hannah “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
1979 N Conrad, Joseph “Heart of Darkness" (Film: Apocalypse Now)
1980 F Hardy, Thomas “Tess of the d’Urbervilles" (Film Title: Tess)
1981 N Fowles, John “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”
1984 N Forster, E.M. “A Passage to India
1985 A Dinesen, Isak “Out of Africa" (Best Picture)
1985 N Walker, Alice “The Color Purple
1986 A Forster, E.M. “A Room With a View”
1992 A Forster, E.M. “Howards End
1995 A Austen, Jane “Sense and Sensibility
2000 N Harris, Joanne “Chocolat
2000 N Homer “Odyssey
2001 N Hornby, Nick “About a Boy
2002 L Zweig, Stefanie “Nirgendwo in Afrika" (Nowhere in Africa)
2003 L de Loo, Tessa “De tweeling" (Twin Sisters)
2007 N McEwan “Atonement
2008 N Schlink, Bernhard “The Reader
2010 FA Logue, Mark & Conradi, Peter “The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy” (Film Title: The King’s Speech) (Best Picture)
2011 F Stockett, Kathryn “The Help

A - Award
N - Nomination
F - Nomination/Award for Best Picture
L - Nomination/Award for Best Foreign Language Picture