Who has not heard of Alexandre Dumas? This most celebrated French author is famous for his adventure novels such as ' The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'The Three Musketeers'. Born in 1802 on July 24, he moved to the French capital at the age of 21 to devote all his time to writing literature. His name is still well known to the masses today but he has a (poorly guarded but rarely mentioned) secret: he had a co-author by name Auguste Maquet, who is believed to have contributed to most of Alexandre Dumas's most prized works.
Doubtless you're all familiar with Bill Nye The Science Guy, the PBS television host who's show was "known for its quirky humor and rapid-fire MTV-style pacing". While his moniker served to brand him as a very specific type of lovable nerd, it also helped to differentiate him from the original Bill Nye. That's right, the Bill Nye you know and love is not the first!
Who knew that the witty author of 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer' would have such capacity for violence in him? Mark Twain really surprised everyone when he expressed his disgust for Austen's works with such vehemence. He went on to say that "...any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen. Even if it contains no other book."
TBR a bit stale? It's early March and you're only a few books into your Read 100 Books in 2018 challenge. Oh no! Time to take a hard look at that TBR stack and reevaluate whether or not you're actually excited to read them all. Below are 9 upcoming novel releases that may just rejuvenate your book lust. Take a look.
For those of you with a little extra peace & quiet this holiday season, I've pulled a list of interesting (and 100% free) public domain titles to fill your e-reader. The list starts out heavy on Charles Dickens and Jules Verne, a couple of my favorites, but also has some James Joyce, Emile Zola, Charlotte Bronte, Anthony Trollope, miscellaneous classic fiction, books on mushrooms, ancient Roman cookbooks, a Buddhism book by the founder of The Theosophical Society, Civil War histories, and a host of other interesting things.
Back in 2013, reddit user zacch donned a daring and uniquely disturbing Poe costume that shall live on in infamy. It was the type of genius that is easy to recognize and impossible to replicate. I, therefore, nominate it to win the completely fake award I just made up of The Best Edgar Allan Poe-Themed Costume of All Time!
It has now been well over 6 years since "America's #1 Enemy", Osama Bin Laden, was killed in Pakistan during Operation Neptune Spear. In the wake of his death, US forces seized all of Bin Laden's possessions from his compound, including the contents of his bookshelf. Through a wave of releases from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2016 and earlier this year, a list of English-language books from Bin Laden's own bookshelf has been published. When reading through the list, you'll definitely see a clear pattern of his obsession with taking down America, hearing accounts of his own acts, and Noam Chomsky. The only real surprise on the list to me was his apparent interest in the Illuminati. See below for a list of 34 titles from that bookshelf.
If you've ever wished to own a first edition Mark Twain book, your dreams are about to come true! Believe it or not, a brand new, never-before-published Twain title will be released next month courtesy of Random House. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine started as 16 pages of handwritten notes from Twain, written in 1879, discovered in 2011, and then edited/expanded by author Philip Stead this year. The book is also illustrated by the author's wife, Erin Stead (scroll all the way down to see some of the amazing illustrations).
Those who are following along over the last few months are probably expecting a slew of Tolkien and JK Rowling links, right? Well, surprise! Okay, there's still one Harry Potter link that made the list but I have a feeling that will continue to be the case for awhile. Unlike March and April, this month people were more interested in the impact that Amazon's new stores are having on brick & mortar stores, as well as some of the finer points of book publishing history and general reading culture. So without further ado, here are May's top links in descending order of interest.