Many poets and painters have responded in our language to Dante. Rather than document the reactions by authors and artists since Chaucer to their Italian inspiration, Nick Havely investigates the conditions under which “intellectual, religious, political, bibliographic, textual” reactions occurred since medieval times. Havely specializes in the reception of Italian literature in his English homeland, so this Dante scholar at the University of York seems ideally suited for this scholarly study.
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I would buy no books.
As the Bay Area Rapid Transit escalator carried me upward, toward the first annual Bay Area Book Festival (6th and 7th, June), I repeated my new mantra. I would buy no books.
I would wander the streets lined with booksellers and listen to author panels.I would eavesdrop in ladies’ rooms and eat mediocre street truck fare. I would see An Evening With Judy Blume.
But I would buy no books. Our small home is awash in books, any semblance of order long forgotten. The bookshelves need bookshelves.
Steeling myself, I began walking.
Five city streets were given over to booksellers and publishers, who were grouped by topic: Literary Lane, Radical Row, Writer’s Row, Eco Alley, and Mind and Body Blvd. At Civic Center Park, the Lacuna, a circular installation of 50,000 free books, gradually came down as people made their selections.
Since the very beginning of science fiction as a literary genre, when early scientists used voyages to the moon as metaphors to write about their controversial scientific discoveries, authors have used sci-fi as a rhetorical tool. This is done so as to explore radical ideas and theories inside a relatively safe and fantastic world of fiction that does not immediately alienate the audience the authors hope to persuade.
Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral isn’t Mary Doria Russell’s first time in the saddle; the New York Times bestselling author had a western hit in 2011’s Doc, about John Henry “Doc” Holliday. Encouraged by the reception that her break from sci-fi convention into the world of historical fiction received, Russell mustered up what could be called her first-ever sequel, here part two, if you will, which is set around the actual events leading to the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone.