Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. While his historical saga The War at the End of the World is generally acclaimed as his masterpiece, this extraordinarily entertaining comedy about a young man's heady love affair with his divorced aunt, which unfolds at a radio station under the influence of a soap opera's manic scriptwriter, is sheer delight. If you've never read this great author, start here.

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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