Fun Facts Friday: DuBose Heyward
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 31, 2018

DuBose Heyward (31 August, 1885 – 16 June, 1940) was an American author, he wrote a 1925 novel called Porgy, which was turned into the opera Porgy and Bess. Books by DuBose Heyward* Heyward was born in Charleston, SC. One of the author’s ancestors, Thomas Heyward, Jr., was a judge who signed the Declaration of Independence for South Carolina. As a child Mr. Heyward was sick often. At age 18 he contracted polio, at 20 it was typhoid fever, at 21 he was plagued with pleurisy. Even though he dropped out of high school at the age of 14, he was always interested in literature and read a lot when confined to his bed. While staying at MacDowell Colony, an artists’ colony in New Hampshire, in 1992 Mr. Heyward met Dorothy Khuns, a playwright, who became his wife. The couple had one daughter, Jenifer Dubose Heyward who was a sculptor, actress and an accomplished dancer who became a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In 1925 Mr. Heyward published his best known novel, Porgy. Two years later Mrs. Heyward adapted the book to a play and both worked together with George Gershwin to put together the opera Porgy…

Graphic Novel Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato
3 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / August 27, 2018

About: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 by Brian Buccellato is a graphic novel which brings the familiar DC Comics superheroes and Greek gods together again. This graphic novel collects issues #1-6. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics Language: English ISBN-10: 1401262678   My rating for Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 – 3 Buy Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1 from* More Books by Brian Buccellato Thoughts: I thought the idea of Zeus facing Superman and the League (the modern Olympus) was a good idea, and was looking forward to see how Brian Buccellato would implement it in Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four Vol. 1. I realized that this would be a demanding story, but I would expect nothing less from my favorite heroes. This graphic novel asks, and tries to answer, a lot of good questions. What would happen if Zeus reveals himself and demand that all religions be abandoned in his favor? How would Superman fair against the Greek gods? How will the world react to proof of the existence of the Greek pantheon? I found the story to be difficult to follow, there are so many twists and shifts in allegiances…

Fun Facts Friday: Max Beerbohm
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 24, 2018

Max Beerbohm (24 August, 1872 – 20 May, 1956) was an English writer, and caricaturist. Books by Max Beerbohm* Beerbohm was the youngest of nine children. Among his half-siblings were, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, was a known actor when the writer was a child, author Constance Beerbohm, and explorer/author Julius Beerbohm. He signed his artwork as “Max”, this is the name he was always known as. At Oxford Mr. Beerbohm became acquainted with Oscar Wilde through Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the famed actor. While at Oxford, he already started submitting articles and caricatures to London publications. He left Oxford since he was already becoming well known. He was also not to enthused about his studies. He met his wife, the American actress Florence Kahn, in 1904. The couple were married in 1910 and moved to Italy where they spent their life except the duration of both World Wars when they returned to England. In 1913 The Times called him “the greatest of English comic artists”. In 1939 Mr. Beerbohm was knighted by George VI. Several museums have major collections of Mr. Beerbohm’s caricatures. Books by Max Beerbohm* Zohar — Man of la Book *Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

Book Review: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide by Alexander Bennet
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / August 21, 2018

About: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen by Alexander Bennet is a non-fiction book tracing the history of Samurais, their way of life, fighting styles all the way to today’s Japan. Mr. Bennett is a martial artist as awell as a professor at Kansai university in Osaka. The publisher is giving away one (1) copy of this book – enter via the rafflecoper form at the end of the post. 144 pages Publisher: Tuttle Publishing Language: English ISBN-10: 4805313757 My rating for Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide – 5 Buy Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide from* More Books by Alexander Bennet Thoughts: I was very glad to read Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen by Alexander Bennet, a very informative and interesting book about Budo, samurais, weapons and the Japanese culture. The book is full of colorful pictures, works or art, diagrams, and illustrations. The author first explains what is Budo, a sport he mastered. He goes on to explain his interest in Japan, arriving as a high school exchange student, and trying to…

Fun Facts Friday: John Hawkes
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 17, 2018

John Hawkes (17 August, 1925 – 15 May, 1998) and an American novelist. He is known for his novels The Lime Twig (1961) and The Beetle Leg (1951) among others. Books by John Hawkes* Mr. Hawkes was born in Stamford, CT. He raised in New York City and in Juneau, AK. During World War II, Mr. Hawkes left Harvard University to drive an ambulance for the American Field Service in Italy and Germany from 1944 – 1945. After his service, Mr. Hawkes went back to Harvard and graduated in 1949 At age 22 the author married Sophie Tazewell and “began life” as he often said. The Beetle Leg (1951), a surrealistic Western, is considered to be one of the landmark novels of 20th-century American literature. Hawkes took his inspiration from the Russian author Vladimir Nabokov. Most of his career, Mr. Hawkes taught English and create writing both at Harvard and Brown University. Honors Mr. Hawkes received included a $35,000 Lannan Foundation award, Ford Foundation and Guggenheim fellowships and grants from the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A film of his story The…

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