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eLiterary Term

Stream of     Consciousness:
"Unspoken thoughts and feelings of characters without resorting to objective description or conventional dialogue."

Expert says

In preface to the translations of Ovid, Dryden identified three kinds of translations: strict word-by- word, loose imitation, and a middle way of 'paraphrase, or translation with latitude, where the author is kept in view...but his words are not so strictly followed as his sense...Dryden favoured the middle way.

-Transmogrified by the Classics, Avid For Ovid

Amazing Literary Facts

The word Robot was first used by the Czech writer Karl Capek in his book R.U.R in 1921.
Once the bestselling American thriller writer Michael Crichton submitted an essay by George Orwell for an assignment on Gulliver's Travels. Surprisingly, he got a B-minus.
A line from the debut album of the Spice Girls "Wannabe" has been included in the new edition of Penguin Book of Quotations alongside the orations of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Canadian writer Yann Martel won the newly named Man Booker Prize for his novel Life of Pi.

Australian writer
Peter Carey won the Booker Prize for the second time in 2001, a rare literary feat first achieved only by South African writer J.M. Coetzee before for The Life and Times of Michael K. and Disgrace.

Michael Crichton views on cyberspace
"The internet is either porn," he says sharply, " or simply full of  errors."

Click to the whole story

How did Catch-22 come into existence?
You may have heard the famous phrase Catch-22 first used by the American writer Joseph Heller. His novel published in 1961 was called Catch-22. He originally called the paradox Catch-18 and intended to call the book by that same name too but at the same time another best selling novel Mila 18 by Leon Uris got published in the US. Therefore at the last minute Heller and his publishers decided to change the title to Catch-22 to avoid any confusion.
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All of those who loved J. D. Salinger' s Catcher in the Rye and got disappointed when his  next novel Franny and Zooey published in 1961 was not followed by anything can now afford a smile. His friends say that J D Salinger may have many unpublished works in his safe. It is believed that the unpublished works all revolve around the fictional Glass family, the central figures in Franny and Zooey.

J D Salinger was born in New York on 1st January 1919. At present,  he lives at a recluse on his estate in Cornish, a town less than 2000 people near Vermont Border.

Adapted from the Asian Age, March 23, 1999

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frazen.jpg (2243 bytes)Jonathan Frazen (1959-) has been awarded the prestigious literary award National Book Award for his best-selling novel The Corrections, about a dysfunctional family in middle America. He came into the spotlight when he was disinvited to Oprah Winfrey's dinner after questioning the literary merit of her book-club endorsement.

Click here to read the first chapter at Guardian

Jean-Christopher Rufin has been awarded France's highest literary honour, the Prix Goncourt for the second time for his historical novel Rouge Bresil,  telling about Brazil's colonial conflicts as seen through
the eyes of two children in search for their parents. Rufin, the former Vice President of Doctors Without Borders won the Prix Goncourt in 1997 for his first novel L'Abyssin. He was born in 1952.

helon.jpg (28702 bytes)Helon Habila, a 33 year old Nigerian writer was awarded the $15,000 Caine Prize for his prison diary story titled as Love Poems published by Epik Books, Lagos.

He works as the art editor of Vanguard, a Lagos newspaper, as well as is a published poet. He is from the north of Nigeria where there are mostly Muslim living but he is a Christian and believes strongly that Muslims and Christians can co-exist in Nigeria.

Love Poems: A Short Review 

Love Poems is set in 1997, towards the end of the Abacha regime, when the country was plagued by increasing violence and political detentions. Mr. Habila writes of the loneliness, the fear and the smell of life in prison. The judges said his story was marked by a particular "intensity and alertness to some of the most sinister aspects of Nigerian life under military rule." 

The Economist    

The Best Novels of the 1990s
(a survey by Powell.com)

1.The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
2.The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
3.Divine Screts of the Ys-Ys Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
For the complete list, click here

Great Quotes

The aim of most of our modern novelists seems to be, not to write good novels, but to write novels that will do good.
-Oscar Wilde
Write privately, not publicly; without fear or timidity as if it was never going to be published.
-Muriel Spark     
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Stephen King
is out with his latest book, Black House in collaboration with Peter Straub


John Grisham's 11th novel titled Brethren with a first printing from Doubleday of 2.8 million copies shared attention with his another new work, A Painted House, a semi autobiographical story about a boy growing up in Arkansas. He wrote this book as a serial novel for the Oxford American, a southern literary magazine based in Oxford, Mississippi.
Official website of John Grisham
The Magazine's Web Site
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Oprah's Pick for November 2001
Rohinton Mistry's
A Fine Balance

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Photo:Steven Lashever

two nice links on Raymond Carver

Interviews with Raym-
ond Carver
The Minimalist style of Raymond Carver


British writer V.S. Naipaul of Indian ancestry won the 2001 Nobel Literature Prize

profiles of few past winners

Gao Xinjian, Gunther Grass, Toni Morrison, Naguib Mahfouz, Rudyard Kipling, Seamus Heaney, William Faulkner

A must for every shelf

Baby and Child Care is one of the most popular book ever written since 1946, 30 million copies have been printed in 38 languages. It was written by Benjamin Spock and its 1976 edition, the book which is an essential companion of millions of parents all over the world was revised jointly by Benjamin Spock and Dr. Rothenberg. B Spock died at the age of 94 on 17th March,1998.

Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care