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Proving that literature is as relevant today as ever before, many websites and blogs publish interesting articles about literature and literary writers. The W&R Literary Roundup compiles the best of the web. Check back often for new links.
Nadine Gordimer, who won South Africa’s first Nobel Prize in literature, chronicled a racist regime’s everyday horrors, from the enforced poverty and isolation of blacks to the petty cruelties ordinary whites visited upon them.
From The Millions
By the time an author’s debut hits bookstores, it’s very likely been preceded by a string of books that weren’t: doomed half-novels; slivers of inspiration that curled up and went to sleep; baggy short stories that grew into novellas, then stubbornly refused to grow any more.
From The New York Times
The word “relatable” has become as vexed as it is common. Its critics sometimes argue that to seek “relatable” art is to take the easy way out, to refuse to venture outside one’s own sphere of experience. But for some, finding art that speaks to that experience may be anything but easy.
From The Paris Review
There is comfort in the certainty of these arrangements. The journey is bounded, too: I know when it will end. Train time is found time. My main job is to be transported; any reading or writing is extracurricular. The looming pressure of expectation dissolves. And the movement of a train conjures the ultimate sense of protection—being a baby, rocked in a bassinet.
From BuzzFeed Books
“One minute I was a visitor just like any other, and the next minute I was welcomed in to this huge, historic community of writers and expatriates,” she explained. – Molly Dektar
From The Millions
“The reality is we teach because we love to help kids, and we think literature is a way to examine and understand our complex lives.”
From Books Tell You Why
Although he was fiercely proud of his heritage and identity as a black man, his words crossed stubborn racial boundaries during a hostile and segregated time period, earning him a well-deserved spot in the history of literature.
From The American Reader
While Chekhov was writing the letter below, Tolstoy was enjoying good health and a highly active life in Moscow. He had just attended the January 24th performance of Uncle Vanya, whose “repellent” morals prompted him to remark to Chekhov, “you know I can’t stand Shakespeare, but your plays are even worse than his.”