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  • On the Shelf

    Gun Found in Donated Book, and Other Book News

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  • When Indiana librarians opened a donated copy of Robert Stone’s Outerbridge Reach, they found it contained an Arma San Marco .31-caliber, a single-shot black-powder handgun. Reported reaction: “Oh, my.”
  • Essential stormy-weather reads.
  • Faulkner vs. Woody Allen: the plot thickens.
  • How to care for old and lovely books.
  • A breakdown of the megapublishing merger.
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    Literary Stockings, Keats’s Addiction

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  • In honor of T. S. Eliot’s birthday, here is a manuscript page of “Virginia.”
  • Beatrix Potter’s family recipes go on the auction block: no rabbit, but she does instruct the reader how to prepare turkey.
  • Wearable words for the bookish dresser.
  • A new biography claims that John Keats was an opium addict.
  • The embattled Rebecca musical is finally starting rehearsals.
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    Signatures, Notes, and Lists

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  • The evolution of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s autograph.
  • We have long been intrigued by the Strand’s “The Jean Files,” a series of notes, found in books, to a woman named Jean. The latest plea is especially intriguing.
  • Listen to Dylan Thomas read “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”
  • Thank you to Iris Blasi for unearthing this vintage bit of Letterman, um, wit: Top Ten Bookstore Pickup Lines.
  • We may be biased, but are happy to disseminate the following: “According to a new study, people with an active interest in the arts contribute more to society than those with little or no such interest.”

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    The Dark Lady, Potter Gowns

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  • Ten books that will never be Penguin classics (except in this mock-up).
  • The John Updike Society has purchased the author’s childhood home, with an eye to creating a museum.
  • Politicians’ favorite books.
  • A new candidate for Shakespeare’s mysterious “dark lady” has emerged: a prostitute called “Lucy Negro,” an “arrant whore and a bawde” who worked in Clerkenwell.
  • A dress made of Harry Potter. Naturally.
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