Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This Week in Reading May 18 -24

The entertainment focus continues this week but there are a few more literary names added with five -- count 'em, five! -- Nobel prizewinners to boot. We have playwrights Lorraine Hansberry, Arthur Wing Pinero, Arnold Wesker, and Marian the Librarian creator Meredith Willson, and we also have film makers Frank Capra and Richard Brooks. This week's broadcast performer who has also written novels is newsman Jim Lehrer.

Literarily we travel from Omar Khayyam to Joseph Brodsky, with Honore de Balzac, John Barth, and Robert Creeley on the way. Besides Brodsky, Mikhail Sholokov, Bertrand Russell, Sigrid Undset, and Par Lagerkvist all won the Nobel prize for Literature. Important philosopher John Stuart Mill is also in this week's list.

This Week's Question: Also born this week was the creator of the great Sherlock Holmes mystery series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was also a physician. What kind of physician was he, and how did his success at it affect his literary career?

(Special bonus question which you're not expected to know the answer to: Which author born this week was this author's freshman English professor and did he have any influence on this librarian's love of literature?)

Answer to Last Week's Question: The author of the gothic thriller Trilby in the late 1800s was George Du Maurier, the grandfather of Dame Daphne Du Maurier, the author of Rebecca and other thrillers in the 1900s.

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