Archive for March, 2012

The Phantom Tollbooth

Added on March 28, 2012

The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster Random House Young Books, U.S.A. 1961 The Phantom Tollbooth, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, was called an instant classic when it came out in 1961. Norton Juster, an architect by trade, claimed that the Marx Brothers movies provided inspiration for this children’s adventure story. It is considered by many reviewers to [...]

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Added on March 23, 2012

Franny J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, January 29, 1955 The first appearance of Franny, one of Salinger’s most revered stories, was in this 1955 New Yorker Magazine. Two years later, the New Yorker published Salinger’s novella Zooey, and in 1961 these two stories were featured in the Little, Brown and Company publication aptly [...]

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Humboldt’s Gift

Added on March 18, 2012

Humboldt’s Gift Saul Bellow Viking, U.S.A. 1976 Humboldt’s Gift won the 1976 Pulitzer prize for fiction and was nominated for the National Book Award. Later that same year, Bellow won the Nobel Prize for literature. According to Wikipedia, he is the only writer to be nominated for the National Book Award six times and the [...]

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The Folding Star

Added on March 14, 2012

The Folding Star Alan Hollinghurst Pantheon Books, New York, 1994 In this story of obsessions, a disaffected gay man moves from England to a country town in Flanders to tutor two boys. The Folding Star won the James Tait Black Memorial prize for fiction in 1994 and it was shortlisted for the Booker. The New York [...]

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A Silver Dish

Added on March 8, 2012

A Silver Dish Saul Bellow Albondocani Press, New York, 1979 This well-reviewed long story was Bellow’s first book to come out after winning the 1976 Nobel Prize for literature. It was first published in the New Yorker in 1978 and was later included in the 1984 collection Him With His Foot in His Mouth. This [...]

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Goodbye, Columbus

Added on March 2, 2012

Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth Houghton Mifflin, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1959 Goodbye, Columbus is Philip Roth’s first work of fiction. It consists of the title work — a short novel — and five short stories. Roth was awarded a Literary Fellowship before this book was published, and it won the National Book Award in 1960. Many reviewers [...]

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