I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
August 3, 1861: The last installment of GreatExpectations was published 154 years ago today. When Charles Dickens first came up with the premise for the novel, he referred to it as “a very fine, new and grotesque idea.”
Happy birthday, Isabel Allende! The Chilean-American writer has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author,” and in 2004, President Barack Obama recognized her inspiring body of work with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
August 1, 1915: Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken was first published in the Atlantic Monthly 100 years ago today. While the poem works as a metaphor for the weight we put on turning points in our lives, Frost later insisted the verses were simply inspired by a literal walk in the woods.
Happy birthday, Lynne Rae Perkins! The Pittsburgh native studied art in college and didn’t consider writing until an art director asked if she had a story to go along with her drawings. Perkins discovered she did indeed have a story—the result was Home Lovely, her first published children’s book.
And people tended not to bother a woman with a book.
Happy birthday, Cherie Priest! The American author introduced many readers to steampunk with her Clockwork Century books, which are set in an alternate history world dominated by steam-powered tech, zombies, and a seemingly never-ending Civil War.
It is ‘where we are’ that should make all the difference, whether we believe we belong there or not.
After working on Wall Street for a year, Korean American novelist Chang-Rae Lee (born July 29, 1965) went back to school to get a masters degree in writing. Upon graduating, he turned his thesis into his first novel, the award-winning Native Speaker.
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.
Beatrix Potter (born July 28, 1866), author of the beloved Peter Rabbit books, showed an early interest in animals. As a child, she and her younger brother took care of mice, rabbits, a hedgehog, bats, butterflies, and insects.
The Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
July 25, 1897: On this day, Jack London set sail to join the Klondike Gold Rush. He would develop scurvy and lose his front teeth in the harsh conditions, but the experience would also inspire him to write the first of his successful fiction.