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Today: 23 ноября 2017.:

Literature and Culture News

Addicted to Ghostwriting: Milton Scholar Amy Boesky Reveals Her Secret Life Writing Sweet Valley High Novels

Milton scholar Amy Boesky wrote a fascinating essay in the Kenyon Review in which she comes out as one of the most prolific authors of the bestselling teen series, Sweet Valley High. The series was created by author Francine Pascal, who couldn't keep up with the demand for more stories about blonde twin sisters Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, who lived in Southern California and experienced endless drama and adventures during high school. Amy had returned from Oxford and was considering her next step in academia when she met Francine Pascal at a dinner party. Amy hated her job as a lower level flunky in a publishing house and when Francine suggested she audition to be one of the ghostwriters, she jumped at the chance. She wrote one novel, paid some bills and got on with her life. But she began to love spending time at Sweet Valley High. Soon she was writing every other novel in the series -- up to eight novels a year. She wrote on weekends and at night to get it done. So what did she love about being a Sweet Valley High ghostwriter? Amy explains, "I wanted, as long as I thought I could risk it, to stay in the pastel, exclamatory world of the light and the popular, the world of fast cars and faster verbs, the world where difference was traded for sameness and the blondes triumphed and the eyes sparkled and the parents stayed married and the brother stayed away 'at college' and the paralysis was curable and anything and everything could be resolved by the final chapter." So why did she finally quit after writing more than 50 of the books? Amy explains, "It wasn't invisibility that ended my gig as a ghostwriter. In fact, in some ways it was the opposite. I was afraid of exposure. My twenties came to an end. I got my PhD. I was lucky: the year I was on the market, there was a spike in assistant professor jobs in English literature, and I ended up with some choices." She says she was scared her students wouldn't listen to her lectures about Milton if they found out about her secret habit. But she's out of the closet now. And somehow, we don't think her students at Boston College will mind. Amy's most recent book under her own name is What We Have (Penguin). Photo: Random House Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

New Collection Contains Fifty Previously Unseen Rudyard Kipling Poems

A new collection from Cambridge University Press contains fifty previously unseen Rudyard Kipling poems. The collection, The Cambridge Edition of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling 3 Volume Hardback Set, is a three volume set that costs 200 pounds, about $300 U.S. The Guardian reports that the collection contains over 1,300 of Kipling's poems. The Guardian article also includes one of Kipling's recently discovered poems, called "The Press." Some of the poems are about the first World War. Kipling's son was killed at The Battle of Loos in 1915. Linda Bree, arts and literature editorial director at Cambridge University Press, told The Guardian, "They are all very engaging, and grab you immediately. A lot are very emotional little poems about the war, about his great identification with the ordinary British soldier, and his anger with the authorities." The Cambridge collection also provides information about the publication history of each poem. Photo: Cambridge University Press Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Quentin Tarantino Wins Best Original Screenplay at 2013 Oscars

Quentin Tarantino won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 85th Academy Awards. Quentin thanked the actors in his acceptance speech. He said you need the right actors to give the characters you create longevity. Quentin said, "I actually think if people are knowing about my movies 30 or 50 years from now it's going to be because of the characters that I create. And I really only get one chance to get it right. I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and hopefully come alive and boy this time did I do it. Thank you so much guys!" Tarantino also declared 2013 to be the writer's year. Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Zero Dark Thirty and Argo Get Top Honors at Writers Guild Awards

Mark Boal and Chris Terrio won big at the Writers Guild Awards. Boal won Best Original Screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty and Terrio won Best Adapted Screenplay for Argo. The 2013 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing were held on two coasts simultaneously: at the JW Marriott L.A. in Los Angeles and the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. Deadline reports that people at the ceremony on the East coast kept tweeting the winners, so some people in Los Angeles knew who the winners were an hour before everyone else did. Deadline says word spread throughout the L.A. ceremony quickly as everyone kept checking their phones obsessively for news. Other winners included: DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendjelloul; Sony Pictures Classics TELEVISION WINNERS DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC COMEDY SERIES Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX NEW SERIES Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO EPISODIC DRAMA "The Other Woman" (Mad Men), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner; AMC EPISODIC COMEDY "Virgin Territory" (Modern Family), Written by Elaine Ko; ABC You can see the full list of winners here. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

U.S. Justice Department Approves Random House Penguin Merger

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the merger of Penguin and Random House. The New York Times reports that the Justice Department did not impose any conditions on the merger, which it often does if there is an antitrust issue. Random House is owned by German media company Bertelsmann and Penguin is owned by British giant Pearson. The European Commission must still approve the deal which would create the world's largest book publisher. Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, said in a statement, "This positive first decision by one of the antitrust authorities is an important milestone on the path to uniting two of the world's leading publishing companies into a truly global publishing group." If the European Commission signs on, the no cash deal is expected to close in the second half of 2013. The resulting entity will control 25% of the English language book market. Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

HarperCollins' Epic Reads Team Shows Off Harlem Shake Dance Moves

Never let it be said that HarperCollins editors have no sense of humor. Here, the team at Epic Reads explodes into action as they embrace the latest dance move meme: The Harlem Shake. The meme features one person doing a crazy dance to a beat created by producer Baauer. Soon, everyone in the room joins in the shoulder popping, hip swiveling activity. Take a look: Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's Manuscript Up for Auction

Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's is going up for auction. The auction listing can be found here on RR Auction's website. The minimum bid will be $10,000. The popular Breakfast at Tiffany's film, starring Audrey Hepburn, was based on Capote's novella. It was first published by Esquire in 1958 and then by Random House as part of a collection that included Breakfast at Tiffany's and three short stories. The manuscript shows some of the revisions Capote made. One of the biggest changes was changing the heroine's name from Connie Gustafson to the iconic Holly Golightly. This name change is hand-noted over 150 times in the manuscript. Image: RR Auction Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

E.L. James Inks Deal for Limited Edition Fifty Shades of Grey Toilet Paper

It's April Fool's Day which makes for some entertaining news headlines. We got a laugh out of the Daily Mail's "exclusive" scoop that UK supermarket chain Asda has inked a deal with bestselling author E.L. James to launch 50 Shades of Grey toilet paper. The limited edition toilet paper really will come in fifty different shades of grey. Each shade has been named after Christian Grey's personality traits, from "enigmatic" to "obsessive." Kevin Merden, Asda's Director of Tissue Buying, says that themed toilet paper is hot trend. He explained, "Much like Grey's character, all rolls are tightly wound and will take time to unravel." Photo: Asda Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Legendary Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies at 79

Legendary songwriter, engineer and music producer Phil Ramone has died at the age of 79, reports CNN. Reports say Ramone was hospitalized in February with an aortic aneurysm, and died today. Ramone collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, producing albums for Barbra Streisand (A Star Is Born), Billy Joel (Glass Houses), Paul Simon (One Trick Pony), Paul McCartney (Press To Play and Flowers In The Dirt), Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Chicago, Natalie Cole, James Taylor, Luciano Pavarotti, Madonna and John Legend. The list of hit singles he produced really is staggeringly long. He also recorded Ramone Marilyn Monroe's infamous rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" sung to President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and won an Emmy for producing "Liza With a Z." Born in South Africa, he was a child prodigy who played violin for Queen Elizabeth II twice: once when he was three years old and once when he was ten. He went to Juilliard, but discovered that he loved the technical side of music production better than performing. He continued to write songs, co-writing the song "Imagination" from the Flashdance soundtrack. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. He founded his own record company at the age of 20. Phil is survived by a wife and three sons. Tributes from his friends and colleagues are pouring on on Twitter. Josh Groban tweeted, "I'm filled with sadness at the news of Phil Ramone's passing. He was a great friend and made music the right way." Michael Buble said R.I.P. #PhilRamone My life was better for knowing him and the world is worse off without him. We'll miss you." John Legend tweeted, "RIP Phil Ramone. Legendary producer. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work with him." Rob Thomas tweeted, "R.I.P. #PHILRAMONE we have lost one of music's greatest producers. a true pioneer and a great man." Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds

Emmy Winning Simpsons and Thor Screenwriter Don Payne Dies at 48

Emmy award-winning screenwriter Don Payne has died at the age of 48, according to the L.A. Times. Payne is best known for his work as a writers and producer for The Simpsons and for writing the screenplay for the hit movie Thor. He also wrote the Thor sequel, The Dark World, which has yet to be released. Payne died from bone cancer, according to his friend and former writing partner, John Frink. Frink says Payne died at home. He is survived by his wife and children. Payne also wrote the screenplays for My Super Ex-Girlfriend which starred Uma Thurman and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He won four Emmys for his work on The Simpsons. He also won the Writers Guild of America's Paul Selvin Award in 2005 for the Simpson's episode called "Fraudcast News." Permalink | Facebook | Twitter | Recent Headlines | Our News Feeds


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