Literature

Thou Art Translated! How Shakespeare Went Viral

Why did Shakespeare – and not his contemporaries like Christopher Marlowe or Thomas Kyd – “go viral?” (*Shutterstock)
Why did Shakespeare – and not his contemporaries like Christopher Marlowe or Thomas Kyd – “go viral?” (*Shutterstock)

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when Peter Quince sees Bottom turned into an ass-headed figure, he cries in horror: “Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee. Thou...

Africa

4 African Authors Among Man Booker Finalists

JOHANNESBURG—The “Memoirs of a Porcupine,” the “Confessions of the Lioness” and the lessons from the Sahara desert are just some of the titles and themes explored by the four authors from Africa who are among 10 finalists for the Man …... Read More




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  • 'Divergent' author Veronica Roth. (Courtesy of HarperCollins)

    Books in the News: Maya Angelou, Paula Deen, James Patterson

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  • Author and documentary film-maker Tariq Nasheed pictured in Amsterdam (Courtesy Tariq Nasheed)

    The Rules of Racism

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  • The First Folio of Shakespeare plays recently discovered in Saint-Omer in France, is displayed after a press conference at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP/Matt Dunham)

    First Folio Found in France to Visit Shakespeare’ Globe

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  • Literary translation has occurred for centuries (the Bible is a prime example). And with Nobel Prize winners like French author Patrick Modiano, it’s unlikely to disappear anytime soon. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Absorbed in Translation: The Art – and Fun – of Literary Translation

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  • An actor holds up a self-detonating version of “Private Vegas” by James Patterson in this screenshot from James Patterson's YouTube channel. (Epoch Times)

    Books in the News: James Patterson’s Self-Destructing Novel Offered for $294,038

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  • Teeming with secrets… (Shutterstock*)

    Scientists Use Physics to Read Scrolls From Herculaneum – but Why Do We Care?

    The recent announcement that European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them attracted widespread attention. At first glance,... Read more

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    Poetry Is Well and Truly in the Margins – Will It Ever Get Out?

    I was on a train recently reading a book of poems by Carol Rumens when the elderly man sitting across the table said, “Do people... Read more

  • Books from the Penguin publishing company are displayed in a book store in Central London on Oct. 29, 2012. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

    Books in the News: IBook Sees 1 Million New Users Each Week and More

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  • Mark Zuckerberg. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • Du Bin tells about the crimes committed at Masanjia Labor Camp in his new book, “The Roar of Masanjia.” (Poon Zaishu/Epoch Times)

    The Story Behind a Letter From Hell

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  • Left: Miklos Radnoti in 1930. (Public domain/Wikimedia Commons) Right: Cover of the book "All That Still Matters at All," by Miklos Radnoti. (New American Press)

    Poetry of the Holocaust Gets New Translation

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  • Vera Lam, author of “The Lonely American.” (Jenny Liu/Epoch Times)

    Vera Lam and Her Debut Novel ‘The Lonely American’

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  • Artist Maurice Sendak signs his individual prints from the “The Mother Goose Collection,” July 26, 1990, in New York. Sendak’s death in 2012 sparked debate in the industry over the monetary value of children’s literature. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

    A Tale of Squirreling Away Books

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  • Elio D’Anna, founder of the European School of Economics, speaks during the Vision And Reality Awards in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)

    Revolution of the Mind

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