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The Most-Wanted Books of 2012

August 23, 2012 | by

  • Madonna’s Sex is the most sought-after out-of-print book on Bookfinder’s 2012 report.
  • And a signed Where the Wild Things Are is the year’s most expensive. A video on it here.
  • Are women underrepresented in poetry criticism? Sina Queyras, Elisa Gabbert, Shanna Compton, Juliana Spahr, Vanessa Place, and Danielle Pafunda tackle the question.
  • “In 1840, the skull of Sir Thomas Browne was removed from the St. Peter Mancroft church, where it had reposed since 1682.” Alexander Nazaryan on the life of the polymath.
  • Where writers are rock stars: author David Mitchell is mobbed in Shanghai.
  • What fun, fearless female will be the voice of the Sex and the Single Girl audiobook?
  • “The true distinction, however, is not between novels and poems, but between poems and storytelling. The novel is a specific but not fixed form of storytelling, in the same way as the romantic lyric, or the sonnet, is a form of poetry.”
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    1. Kevin Faulkner | August 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Although Thomas Browne possessed a poetic sensibility and wrote the occasional doggerel verses early in his writing career he cannot be defined as a poet. Essayist, scientist or encyclopaedist define his literary pursuits more correctly.

    2. Papageno | August 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Thomas Browne was not a poet.

    3. Sadie Stein | August 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you for the correction; I know you to be right! And Papageno, I like your name.

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