An American novelist, short story writer, and journalist.
Hemingway’s economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published 7 novels, 6 short story collections, and 2 non-fiction works. Additional works, including 3 novels, 4 short story collections, and 3 non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.wiki.
(Click any of these pictures for some of Hemingway’s great works.)
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
And Hemingway gave us so many loyal friends! Which is your favorite?
Petrarch : The First Modern Scholar and Man of Letters
“There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm, but the pen we take up rejoicing and lay down with satisfaction, for it has the power to advantage not only its lord and master, but many others as well, even though they be far away — sometimes, indeed, though they be not born for thousands of years to come.”
Francesco Petrarca: Born today July 20th 1304
An Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy.
Petrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero’s letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based predominantly on Petrarch’s works.
He would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch’s sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the “Dark Ages.” This standing back from
his time was possible because he straddled two worlds – the classical and
his own modern day.He died July 19, 1374 – one day short of his
seventieth birthday. (Wikipedia)
“Books have led some to learning and others to madness.” ~Petrach
Born today July 19th 1963 Garth Nix is an Australian writer who specializes in children’s and young adult fantasy novels. A full-time writer since 2001, more than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into 40 languages. Garth’s books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly (US), The Bookseller(UK), The Australian and The Sunday Times (UK).
I personally fell in love with the Abhorsen trilogy, I found them refreshingly, original, and engrossing.
(Click any picture for links to the books amazon page.)
These two books were continuations off the original Abhorsen Trilogy. Although Clariel is listed as being book 4… Neither is as good as the original 3 but they are still good fixes for anyone who is a Abhorsen fan.
A 5th book will be released on October 4th 2014
Have you read anything by Garth Nix?What did you love?
Today is a 2-For. I have been listening to the audible version of The Fellowship of The Rings, and it has been an absolute delight. Listening to it gives a whole new perspective and feeling to the beautifully written words.
I am ever in awe of the brilliance of J.R.R Tolkien, and forever will be.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.
For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
This audio rendition is absolutely amazing, the narrator is astounding.
Both of these paragraphs are so wonderfully thought provoking and reflective. I love that Tolkien can take us into the fantasy realm
full of beauty and adventure, yet his words still
strike home in the most relevant ways.
What “Fellowship” quote resonates with you? If you can choose just one 😉