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    1. As the British Library launches a collection including rejection letters sent to literary greats, Hanif Kureishi explores how self-doubt can be the greatest obstacle to writing Quiz: great books that publishers rejected Of all the questions authors get asked, the most puzzling but persistent is what others might think of what the writer has produced. These potential disapprovers could be the ...

    2. The two-page note, written by Eliot (pictured) while a director at London based Faber & Faber Publishers Ltd and dated July 13, 1944, criticises the famed novelist's narrative as 'not convincing'.

    3. The loquacious Glaswegian, 56, who peppers his speeches with show-off references to TS Eliot and Scott Fitzgerald, is well-versed in crisis management.

    4. This translation is the best way yet for English speakers to enter the poet’s dream-like world I suspect that in the UK Baudelaire is more nodded to respectfully than actually read. This is a pity, because he could be said to have been the first modern poet: TS Eliot thought so, saying he was “the greatest exemplar in modern poetry in any language”. It is as much a matter of his state of mind as...

    5. One of the greatest ships ever built, RMS Queen Mary left Southampton on 27 May 1936 for New York, hosting the likes of John F Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor before it was retired in 1967.

    6. A bone fragment believed to come from St Thomas Becket goes on display in England for the first time since it was taken to Hungary 800 years ago.

    7. Paper Backers: Ways of the Raj

      The Indian Express via Yahoo! India NewsMay 20 05:30 PM

      With this book, Subhash Chopra has created a veritable time machine, taking the reader back to when the white man reigned supreme. Ostensibly written to mark the author’s 150th birth anniversary last year, the book is a criticism of the racist tendencies of the Raj, using Kipling as representative deity. The book is written in strident tones of outrage — Lord Macaulay’s assertion that all of ...

    8. POETRY, and all literature, is essentially a communal phenomenon. Its prime purpose is to communicate as widely as possible and share ideas and experiences, notions unfashionable in a capitalistic and postmodernist poetry “mainstream.”

    9. Tom Hooper to bring musical 'Cats' to the big screen

    10. Following Joseph Andras’s surprise decision to turn down the Goncourt first novel prize, it’s time to weigh up the pros and cons of rejecting a literary award Two days after Joseph Andras ’s De Nos Frères Blessés (which had not been on the shortlist of four) was astonishingly announced as the winner of the Goncourt first novel prize, French literati were stunned again this week when Andras ...

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