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The split infinitive

Sep 25 2017: Splitting an infinitive and starting a sentence with “so” or “like” are all habits that any self-respecting grammar pedant would abhor.

But a new study has found that conventions which prohibit such practises are so widely flouted, they have effectively become part ...

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"The Hobbit's" first review

Sep 24 2017: On the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, Lithub looks back on C. S Lewis' review of his old friend J. R. R. Tolkien's first novel:

"...For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be ...

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"The Snowy Day" stamps

Sep 24 2017: On Oct. 4, the United States Postal Service will issue four stamps, part of the “Forever” series, featuring Peter, the little boy from Ezra Jack Keats’s “The Snowy Day.” The book was published in 1962. The next year, Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” ...

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Black Charlie was originally to be embedded in a Wonka Easter Egg

Sep 24 2017: Follow last week's revelation from Roald Dahl's widow that he initially intended the hero of his 1964 classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be black, Catherine Keyser, an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, provides additional ...

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Mosul library hosts a book festival

Sep 24 2017: The volunteer effort to save what was left of Mosul University library after it was destroyed by IS has renewed hope for the city after more than two years of occupation.

The library once contained hundreds of thousands of ancient documents, including a ninth-century...

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Ron Charles argues that Booker Prize should return to its roots as a prize just for Britain and Commonwealth authors

Sep 24 2017: Prompted by last week's announcement of the Booker Prize shortlist (Britain's most prestigious literary award), with half of the six nominees being American writers, Ron Charles expresses sadness that the award is now open to all writing in English rather than just to ...

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Annie Proulx to receive honorary National Book Award

Sep 21 2017: Annie Proulx will receive the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the awards ceremony on November 15. Anne Hathaway (who starred in the film adaptation of Brokeback Mountain) will present the award.

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Margaret Atwood to receive PEN Lifetime Achievement Award

Sep 21 2017: The 2017 PEN Literary Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 27, with the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Margaret Atwood.

The honorees are:
Fiction: Black Sheep Boy by Martin Pousson
Creative Nonfiction: When Breath Becomes Air by...

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