Today we bring you the news that as part of the HarperCollins 200th anniversary the publisher will be releasing ‘the secret history between Agatha Christie and her long-standing publisher, HarperCollins’.
The ‘candid photographs’ and ‘touching letters’ were unearthed from a Glasgow archive and will form part of a new exhibition celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary.
The items show a relationship between Christie and her William ‘Billy’ Collins spanning 50 years until the author’s death in 1976 aged 85, and are made up of many discussions include cover designs, plots and publishing schedules. The touching letters discuss some of the issues of the day, like attempting to obtain tennis balls during the war, the gossip from publishing parties and more.
Christie is still one of the best selling authors of all time and is still published by HarperCollins to this day. The publishing house holds thousands of books, photographs, and correspondence at the Glasgow archive and these documents give an insight into the author’s long career.
If you’re a big fan of Agatha Christie then the material will all be displayed at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate later this month, between 20th and 23rd July. The collection will then move to a permanent home at Greenway, Christie’s former home in Devon, now managed by the National Trust.
“Andersen could not tell the world of his own homosexual love for the people of the world, but the original manuscripts showed his feelings clearly.”
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Born in London, Herbert released his first novel, The Rats in 1974. This and many of his other works would go on to become major adaptations in their own right. He wrote and released work right up to w2012, just a year before his death and is said to be an inspiration to many other horror authors, including Stephen King, who described his writing as “like Mike Tyson in the ring, all brute force”. Read More
Many women have noticed how female characters can be so badly written, especially by men. It is almost as if those male writers don’t see women as people, with complex personalities and 3-dimensional lives. The strange and often nonsensical over-description of women’s bodies can be most irritating, and when a male writer has a female character narrating, it often becomes embarrassing for everyone involved.
Writer Gwen C. Katz noticed this happening again and again until one day, when faced with yet another ridiculous passage in a book she had begun reading, she tweeted a snippet from the book.
The discussion that followed prompted her fellow women readers and writers on Twitter to join in a game… Describe yourself as a male writer would.
The STKF has recently awarded a $50,000 grant that will be used to help with providing books and a literacy program in Portland elementary schools.
Spokeswoman Kate Snyder noted that Portland public schools’ Books and Literacy Resources program will certainly benefit from the award with the $50,000 used to build book collections to also celebrate culture and language differences.
Zola accrued many enemies during his life and thanks to a series of death threats always slept with his bedroom door firmly closed and locked. On 1st September 1902, Zola and his wife, Alexandrine returned from a trip to the country on a wet, cold night. They returned to their house on the rue de Bruxelles in Paris. After lighting a coal fire, the pair retired to bed, the window shut and door locked due to the death threats Emile Zola had received. Read More