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British Library Acquires Expansive Ted Hughes Archive

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Online Only, posted 10.17.08

A major collection of the papers of poet Ted Hughes was acquired on Tuesday for roughly one million dollars by the British Library in London.

 

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Dan Chiasson Named Paris Review Poetry Editor

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Online Only, posted 10.16.08

The Fall 2008 issue of the Paris Review recently hit stands with a new addition to its masthead. Dan Chiasson has joined Megan O'Rourke as one of the journal's poetry editors, taking over for Charles Simic, who recently stepped down from that position as well as his U.S. poet laureate post in order to write full-time.

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Debut Novelist Wins Booker, NBA Finalists Announced

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Online Only, posted 10.15.08

Debut novelist Aravind Adiga was named the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for his book The White Tiger (Atlantic) and the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 59th annual National Book Awards.

 

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Milan Kundera Accused of Being an Informant in the 1950s

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Online Only, posted 10.14.08

The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, a Czech research group, published a report yesterday that accuses Milan Kundera of telling the police about a supposed spy nearly sixty years ago, according to the Associated Press. Kundera is said to have informed on Miroslav Dvoracek in 1950, when the Czech writer was twenty-one. 

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Publisher Plans Memorial for David Foster Wallace

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Online Only, posted 10.10.08

Little, Brown, the publisher of Infinte Jest (1996) and five other books by David Foster Wallace, has organized a memorial for the author, who committed suicide on September 12 at age forty-six. On October 23 Wallace's friends and colleagues will gather in New York City at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to share their words about the prolific fiction writer and essayist. 

 

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An American Didn't Win the Nobel Prize? Big Surprise

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Online Only, posted 10.9.08

A week after Horace Engdahl, the permanent secretary for the Swedish Academy and top jury member for the Nobel Prize, criticized American writers in an interview with the Associated Press (AP), the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced. Not surprisingly, it isn't an American. French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio takes literature's highest honor this year for his "poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy," the prize committee said in a statement.

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