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September 28, 2011 | by

H.G. Wells

A cultural news roundup.

  • Jewish poet and novelist Emanuel Litvinoff has died at the age of ninety-six.
  • Here, he reads his poem “T. S. Eliot.”
  • A new Bloomsbury imprint will digitally revive out-of-print titles by Edith Sitwell, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Monica Dickens, among others.
  • Julian Assange’s memoir, due to  lackluster sales, may soon be out of print. It’s sold fewer than 700 copies.
  • Michael Moore tries to pull his memoir from “murderous Georgia” following the execution of Troy Davis.
  • Reviewers vs. Bloggers.
  • Stephen King gives fans a taste of The Shining sequel.
  • Le fin dAsterix.
  • The return of The BFG.
  • The sex life of H. G. Wells.
  • Between a rock and a hard place.
  • A visual history of book references in The Simpsons.
  • Bentley was, however, no ass.”


    1. Joe Carlson | September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      “In his posthumously published postscript to his 1934 two-volume ‘Experiment in Autobiography’ — one of Lodge’s primary sources — Wells asserted….”

      It is a crime against our culture that H. G. Wells’ superb EXPERIMENT IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY: DISCOVERIES AND CONCLUSIONS OF A VERY ORDINARY BRAIN SINCE 1866 is not available in print and is largely impossible to find in libraries. Yes, it is extremely long, but not once does it flag. Wells, Shaw, Chesterton — that whole generation was incapable of writing a dull paragraph let alone book, and took great pride in that fact. Perhaps the Lodge novel will spark enough interest to make the Wells’ autobiography available on Kindle if not on book shelves.

    2. Mike | October 6, 2011 at 7:40 am

      What a great post, very interesting article.
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