Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

December 04, 2009


*Cormac McCarthy is auctioning off his Olivetti Lettera 32, the typewriter on which he punched out five million words in five decades.

*To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White, the novel is being serialized online to give readers a sense of how it originally appeared.  

*Abebooks has released the list of its most expensive sales of November, which includes a first edition of Tender is the Night that sold for $11,000 and a complete set of Dickens' works with a signed letter that sold for $12,500.

*Jonathan Littell has won the 2009 Bad Sex in Fiction Award, given each year by the Literary Review. The prize was created by Auberon Waugh "with the aim of gently dissuading authors and publishers from including unconvincing, perfunctory, embarrassing or redundant passages of a sexual nature in otherwise sound literary novels."

*The Twilight phenomenon has pushed gothic romance to the top of the genre pile, resulting in new film adaptations of Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, as well as a screenplay about the lands in the Brontë siblings' juvenalia, Angria and Gondal.


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