Displaying articles for: April 2010
Twain's last big trip -- and hurrah -- was to Oxford University in the summer of 1907 to receive an Honorary Doctorate, which he esteemed as "the highest honor that has ever fallen to my share of this life's prizes." His final public address before sailing for home was his "Begum of Bengal" speech, now regarded as one of his best. Read more in the second installment of our Twain: Milestones series.Read more...
Our feeling for Mark Twain is as his for the Mississippi River — a book that cannot be thrown aside. And if its life-stories are shifting or not now full of their intended wonder, they are also enduring. In this first installment of the B&N “Milestone” series, we will follow the arc of Twain’s life backwards, from his April 21, 1910 death to his November 30, 1835 birth. Seven-and-a-half decades covered on these pages over the next seven-and-a-half months — making the same sort of allowances Twain made when claiming that his birth (twenty days late) and his death (one day late) coincided with the appearance of Haley’s Comet. Read more...
- Faceoff: Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
- Concerning Hobbits and New Zealand Vacations
- A Shared Wilderness: Benjamin and Jennifer Percy
- The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Kenneth Cal...
- Marquez at Camp Liberty
- The Pulitzer Winners
- Fiction's Grand Illusionist: An Interview with Chr...
- Darwyn Cooke's "Parker: Slayground"
When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).
What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.
What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for? Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.